Post Offices: Closures

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

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence)

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

(1) if he will instruct Post Office Ltd to provide Hampshire county council with a statement on the financial viability of specific post office branches scheduled for closure;

(2) what his policy is on county councils seeking to select post office branches for help to avoid closure; and if he will take steps to assist such councils in obtaining relevant financial information required for this purpose.

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

Holding answer 29 April 2008

The Government have asked Post Office Limited to engage positively with local authorities (or community groups) that wish to fund some continuing service provision where branches are scheduled for closure and where no alternative Outreach service is being provided. At the same time, the Government have made clear that Post Office Limited must ensure that any local funding arrangements do not undermine the sustainability of the wider Post Office network.

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