Sub-post Offices

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 5:28 pm on 12th April 2000.

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Photo of Geraldine Smith Geraldine Smith Labour, Morecambe and Lunesdale 5:28 pm, 12th April 2000

I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

For 18 years, the Conservative party did nothing for the Post Office. I know, because I was employed in the postal industry, that the Conservatives did not take one significant step to help the industry. A Post Office review took place between 1992 and 1997, but there was no outcome. The issue of privatisation was a shambles: was the Post Office to be privatised or not? If it was to be privatised, where would that leave the Post Office Counters network? Where would it leave the small sub-post offices?

The Conservatives are engaging in sheer opportunism. I will take no lessons from them about post offices. They cared nothing for the post office network; only of late have they begun to show some concern.