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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 15th May 2002.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 3:38 pm, 15th May 2002

Will the hon. Gentleman accept that, as an extension of what he is saying, we are seeing uncertainty blight on the ground? Postmasters wishing to retire simply cannot sell. This is not just a rural problem; it is now becoming a suburban problem. Corner shops and the post offices that have sustained them are disappearing left, right and centre. That is due entirely to the uncertainty generated by this lack of policy.