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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 28th June 2000.

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Photo of Peter Lilley Peter Lilley Conservative, Hitchin and Harpenden 3:30 pm, 28th June 2000

I am sorry that the Secretary of State chose to repeat a statement for which the Minister of State has already apologised to me and the House. That statement conflicts with that made by his predecessor.

Let us now concentrate on the key issue. Will the Secretary of State tell the House whether sub-post offices will receive the same amount or less per transaction than they currently receive from the Post Office? Will the same number of transactions or fewer transactions be made? If sub-post offices receive the same revenues, from where will the savings come that the Secretary of State anticipates? If they receive less revenue, will not post office closures accelerate in future?