Post Office

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 28th November 2002.

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Photo of Mr Iain Coleman Mr Iain Coleman Labour, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Post Office has to close (a) main post offices and (b) sub post offices in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

The programme to restructure the urban post office network has only just started and is being taken forward in consultation with individual sub-postmasters, the community, Members of Parliament, other local stakeholders and Postwatch in accordance with the Code of Practice. There is no pre-determined closure list. Under the code, Post Office Ltd. is required to consult Postwatch and other interested parties on its specific proposals for change.

The objective of the urban network restructuring programme is to ensure that ad hoc closures which would leave gaps in the network are prevented. It is envisaged that the restructured urban network will provide modernised and improved facilities which meet customers' needs and expectations and are in the right location for the local community.

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