Post Office Closures

Petition – in the House of Commons at 7:24 pm on 7th March 2007.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) 7:24 pm, 7th March 2007

At the end of a possibly historic day of business in the House, I wish to present a petition on behalf of my constituents and of the parish and town councils in my constituency. The petition deals with the closure of sub-post offices and the community.

I draw the House's attention to my early-day motion 1031, which lists the Somerton and Frome town councils and 63 other parish councils in my constituency. All of them have subscribed to the petition, which states:

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of the parish councils of the constituency of Somerton and Frome.

Sheweth that we deplore the social, economic and environmental effects of the potential closure of a substantial number of post offices in the constituency of Somerton and Frome.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House urges the Government to reconsider the matter before irreparable is done to local communities.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.