Postal Services Bill

Part of Planning (Developer Bonds) – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 27th October 2010.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 6:30 pm, 27th October 2010

I can certainly remind the hon. Gentleman that a viable post office network consists of some 4,000 post offices, and that our Government put in the funding to keep 11,500 post offices open. Not only that, but we guaranteed a £150 million subsidy per year up to 2011, increasing it to £180 million for 2011-12, and designated access criteria to ensure that people would be within a short distance of their local post office, which provided that some 90% of the population would be within a mile of a post office. Without those criteria there would have been wholesale closures before now.