Rural Post Offices

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:05 pm on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 7:05 pm, 21st March 2007

I wish to present a petition from the residents of Waverley and the "Save Our Rural Post Offices" campaign.

If you visited my constituency, Madam Deputy Speaker, you would see a number of villages that, on first sight, appear pretty idyllic. The fabric of those communities, however, depends very much on rural post offices, which are much more than places to buy stamps; they are places where people from the whole community can interact, particularly older people, of whom there are many in the villages. The petitioners have collected a total of 627 signatures as an indication of their concern and strength of feeling about their community's vital lifeblood, which is seriously under threat.

The petition states:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State to ensure that these vital community services that make up such an essential part of the social fabric of our communities are kept open.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.