Post Office Act 1969

The Post Office Act 1969 (c.48) is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that changed the General Post Office from a department of state to a public corporation, known as the Post Office. It also abolished the office of Postmaster General of the United Kingdom.[1]

Post Office Act 1969
Long titleAn Act to abolish the office of master of the Post Office, distribute the business conducted by the holder thereof amongst authorities constituted for the purpose and make provision consequential on the abolition of that office and the distribution of the business so conducted; to amend, replace or repeal certain provisions of the enactments relating to posts, telegraphs and savings banks; to amend the law relating to stamp duty; and to empower the Treasury to dispose of their interest in the shares of Cable and Wireless Limited.
Citation1969 c.48
Introduced byJohn Stonehouse
Territorial extentUnited Kingdom
Royal assent25 July 1969
Commencement1 October 1969
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted

The powers of the Postmaster General were transferred to a new cabinet member, the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications. The incumbent Postmaster, John Stonehouse, became the first Minister of Post and Telecommunications on 1 October 1969.[2]

The act created a new public corporation, the Post Office, as the "authority for the conduct of postal and telegraphic business". The corporation was to consist of a chairman and between six and twelve full or part-time members. The chairman was to be appointed by the minister and the other members by the minister following consultation with the chairman. The first Chairman of the Post Office was Viscount Hall of Cynon Valley.[3]

The main powers given to the new body were:

  • To provide postal services (including cash on delivery services) and telecommunication services
  • To provide a banking service of the kind commonly known as a giro system and such other services by means of which money may be remitted (whether by means of money orders, postal orders or otherwise) as it thinks fit
  • To provide data processing services
  • To perform services for Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Government in Northern Ireland or the government of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom or for local or national health service authorities in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "Post Office Acts and Warrants". AIM 25: Archives in London and the M25 area. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ "No. 44948". The London Gazette. 3 October 1969. p. 10126.
  3. ^ "Post Office". The Times. 1 October 1969.