Post Offices: Closures

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Shadow Minister (Treasury), Vice-Chair (Youth), Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

(1) how many lessees of Post Office Ltd freehold estates have triggered a call option requiring the landlord to sell the revisionary estate to the lease; and if he will make a statement;

(2) whether at the termination of a post office franchise agreement the leasehold on that estate automatically reverts to the freeholder; and if he will make a statement;

(3) how many franchised post offices had franchises that were terminated at the end of the franchise agreement (a) by the franchisor, Post Office Ltd., and (b) by the franchisee in each year since 2001.

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

These are operational matters for Post Office Ltd (POL). I have therefore asked Alan Cook, Managing Director of POL to reply direct to the hon. Member.

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