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Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 12:24 pm on 14th December 2006.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Chair, International Development Committee 12:24 pm, 14th December 2006

I have just carried out a survey of the post offices in my constituency, and I was told of one immediate closure and two post offices that are about to close. Other postmasters and postmistresses told me that they have no confidence in the future, and there are also those who wish to retire. Will the Secretary of State ensure that, where a postmaster or postmistress wants to retire and the post office in question is vital to the community, measures will be put in place to enable them to retire and new owners to take over and keep the service going?