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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many post offices will be affected by the Network Transformation Programme in each region and constituent part of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

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The Government has committed nearly £2 billion since 2010 to maintain a network of at least 11,500 branches and to protect and modernise the network by 2018, securing its long-term sustainable future.

Under the Government funded Network Transformation programme, the Post Office is modernising and improving its national network with branches benefiting from investment and customers seeing big improvements with converted branches typically offering much longer opening hours in brighter more attractive customer environments. National rollout of Network Transformation began in October 2012, and to-date 3,363 post offices have already been modernised under the programme. The programme is fully-funded and by March 2018 around 8,300 branches will have converted, with a further 3,400 ‘Community Branches’ benefitting from access to a £20 million investment fund.

I include a breakdown of modernised branches to-date, by nation and region, in the table below.

Network Transformation – Number of modernised branches by UK nation and region (data provided by Post Office Limited – as at 2 November 2014)

Number of Branches

England

East Midlands

214

East of England

325

London

277

North East

177

North West

362

South East

396

South West

382

West Midlands

276

Yorkshire and the Humber

338

Northern Ireland

110

Scotland

310

Wales

196

Total

3363

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