THE FORTHCOMING rises in the Royal Mail tariff [Debrief, 8-3] have attracted angry protests from direct marketers. From April, the RM's Door to Door Service will up its prices by a swingeing 5%, while Mailsort rates increase by 2.1%.

Insisting there is no justification for the rises, the DMA has demanded their immediate suspension with a 12-month consultation period, arguing that the increases will penalise key industry sectors such as home shop-ping and charities. Says DMA postal affairs director David Robottom: 'This is a clear abuse of the Royal Mail's quasi-monopoly position. Let the [yet-to-be-appointed] postal regulator decide - it is what he will be paid to do.'