Post Offices

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of (a) post office services in rural areas and (b) the rural network.

Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Delivery and Efficiency)

The Government have made available up to £300 million to support the non-commercial part of the rural post office network until 2008. In addition, Post Office Ltd. has published its report on the findings of its trials of new, innovative and cost-effective ways of delivering post office services to rural communities.

This report will help stakeholders and customers to understand better the range of delivery options being tested by Post Office Ltd. and will make an important contribution to the wider consideration and ongoing discussions about the most effective way to deliver post office services in the 21st century. For that reason the no avoidable closures policy for rural post offices has been extended until the Autumn.

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