Post Offices: Card Account

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the tender specification for 10,000 Post Office card account outlets details how many should be based in rural and in urban areas.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

No. The successor to the Post Office card account will be available on a national basis throughout the United Kingdom, in both urban and rural areas.

We specified around 10,000 personal teller outlets because that number, combined with the fact that we hope that the Post Office card account successor will be available at ATMs, will provide the widespread coverage needed to ensure that it will be available in rural areas as well as urban communities. There is nothing to stop the successful bidder offering a network of more than than 10,000 outlets.

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