Post Offices: West Lothian

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) how many post offices have been located in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian in each of the last five years;

(2) how many Post Office branches have closed in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian in each of the last five years;

(3) how many Post Office branches in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian have reduced their opening hours in each of the last five years;

(4) how many Post Office branches in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian have reduced the number of services on offer in each of the last five years;

(5) how many people were employed by the Post Office in (a) Livingston constituency and (b) West Lothian in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The information requested is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd. I have therefore asked Paula Vennells, chief executive officer of Post Office Ltd, to reply to the hon. Member directly, and a copy will be placed in the Libraries of the House. However, I would note that the Government has committed nearly £2 billion since 2010, enabling the Post Office to maintain, modernise and protect a network of at least 11,500 branches that is compliant with the strict Government-set access criteria, and also that the network as a whole is at its most stable for two decades.

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