I understand from Post Office Ltd. that compilation of post office closure statistics on a quarterly basis was only introduced last year. The available quarterly figures for net post office closures are:
October to December 2000—135
January to March 2001—113
April to June 2001—119.
Total closures for the year to March 2001 were 547. Of these, four were classified as permanent.
A £2 million fund to support relocation and refurbishment initiatives by volunteer or community groups to maintain or reopen post office facilities in rural areas where the traditional post office is closing received parliamentary approval in July.