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Post Offices: Cash Withdrawal Services - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:12 pm on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Viscount Brookeborough Viscount Brookeborough Crossbench 3:12 pm, 22nd October 2019

My Lords, is the Minister aware that we inquired into this subject in our report on financial exclusion a couple of years ago? When faced with the question of closing banks, the banks virtually unanimously said, “We consult widely”. We did not find one single branch that had been left open as a result of consultation. They are merely ticking boxes. They then faced us with the fact that the post offices would take on their business, and now they are withdrawing it. As much as we condemn it here, we have to do more than that. The banks are letting communities down and it is no good simply condemning them. Will the Government not take some action that forces them to be part of our communities?