Post Office Closures

Petition – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 9th October 2006.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 10:00 pm, 9th October 2006

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the users of Cuddington post office in my constituency near Northwich. It is a great centre of their community where people can be confident that they will meet members of their community. The sub-postmaster needs to be congratulated and saluted for having very bravely withstood an armed attack on his post office just the other day, while this petition was being collected.

The petitioners declare that they believe that the post office network provides a vital service to local communities in both urban and rural areas which are threatened by the Government's withdrawal of services from local post offices.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to reverse its announcement that it will end support for the Post Office Card Account in 2010 thereby threatening the viability of thousands of post offices and to immediately halt its activities designed to kill the account off in advance of that date.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.