Post Office

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was allocated to support the rural post office network in each of the last 20 years.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Employment Relations & Postal Services)

There was no financial support provided to the rural post office network until this Government introduced the social network payment in 2003. Allocations since then have been: £146 million in financial year 2003-04; £151 million in 2004-05; and £147 million in 2005-06. For this and the next financial year we have made available up to £150 million per annum. Additionally, £2 million was made available under the capital start-up scheme introduced in July 2001.

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