Post Offices: Closures

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

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.

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 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.

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