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Post Office Closures

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:22 pm on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield 3:22 pm, 19th March 2008

The hon. Lady has had a go, and as many other Members wish to speak, I shall now conclude.

We must be open with stakeholders at an earlier stage, and approach the consultation in that spirit. When proposing change in Birmingham and other urban areas where the reviews have not yet taken place, we must look at population figures as well as distances. We must also bear it in mind that if at the end of the process queues lengthen and those that suffer from that are the old, the frail and the vulnerable, we will not have addressed the issues that we are trying to address. I make that appeal to Post Office Ltd, and I ask Ministers to make it to Post Office Ltd as well.

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