To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
(1) what postal services may be offered by local shops affected by post office closures;
(2) if he will make it his policy that shops which previously contained post offices be able to continue to offer services provided by those post offices.
Following closure of a post office under Post Office Ltd.'s Network Change programme, a former sub-postmaster may opt to offer postal and other former post office services through another service provider. But if the option is exercised to offer such services within 12 months of the closure of the post office, the compensation payable is reduced to reflect the potential to retain that income in line with the terms of the agreement between Post Office Ltd. and the National Federation of SubPostmasters.