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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 Mr Dafydd Wigley Mr Dafydd Wigley Plaid Cymru, Caernarfon 3:30 pm, 28th June 2000

The Secretary of State said that there would be a new fund to help post offices in deprived urban areas. Will he confirm that there will be a mechanism to give the same help to post offices in deprived rural areas? Does the ring-fenced money to which he referred apply equally to both urban and rural areas? Will he clarify conclusion 10 on page 89 of the report, which states that that ring-fenced fund will apply in England, but that similar arrangements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be matters for the respective devolved Administrations? Will he confirm that any ring-fenced money will be additional for those areas, as it will be for England?