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Committee recalls Royal Mail boss after claims of inaccurate testimony

24 January 2023

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of Royal Mail, has been recalled by the Business. Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee after doubts were raised over the accuracy of evidence he gave to MPs last week.

Members of the Committee received hundreds of emails in the wake of Mr Thompson’s appearance on 17 January. They questioned his denials that Royal Mail used the Postal Digital Assistant system to track workers’ productivity and urge staff to work faster, and that Royal Mail policy prioritises parcels, potentially compromising the delivery of the universal service obligation (USO) that guarantees a minimum mail service.

The Committee is also seeking clarity on statements made by Mr Thompson on employee sick pay arrangements.

Chair's comments

Committee Chair Darren Jones said:

“Since Mr Thompson appeared before the Committee last week we’ve had significant quantities of evidence that suggest his answers may not have been wholly correct.

Giving inaccurate information to a Parliamentary Committee, whether by accident or otherwise, is taken very seriously. We must get to the bottom of these inconsistencies on behalf of Parliament and intend to do so during this additional hearing.”

Further information

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