Post Offices: Closures

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry), Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions were held with the Post Office on the timing of the issue of recommendations on post office closures prior to the announcement of dates by the Post Office; on what date he was made aware by the Post Office of the proposed dates for publication of proposals for post office closures under the various area plans; and on what date he first discussed the question of purdah with the Post Office.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Following publication in May 2007 of the Government's response to the public consultation on the Post Office network, my officials have engaged in regular discussions with Post Office Ltd. on the timetable for post office closures, including purdah.

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Huw Morgan-Jones
Posted on 2 Feb 2008 11:57 am (Report this annotation)

It is regrettable that although the List of Post Offices to Close was embargoed until Tuesday 22nd January 2008, the Lancashire Evening Post published the full list of offices to be closed in the area covered by Preston on Saturday 19th January 2008.

Sub Postmasters were warned that, if they told anyone other than their Spouse, Legal Advisor or Accountant of the closure of their office, their Compensation could be at risk.
What then of the Staff working for that office holder? How crass of the Post Office to make such a threat.
This matter is worthy of a Question to the Minister.