Post Offices: Burglary

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many (a) break-ins and (b) robberies at Post Offices there have been in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland, and (d) each region of England in each month in each of the last three years.

Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support (a) the UK Government, and (b) Post Office Ltd is providing to sub-Postmasters to (i) prevent break-ins and robberies and (b) mitigate the financial and emotional effect of break-ins and robberies.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government recognises the critical role that post offices play in communities and for small businesses across the UK. The overall number of post offices across the UK remains at its most stable in decades with over 11,500 branches thanks to significant Government investment of over £2 billion since 2010. This funding allows branches to be modernised to meet consumer’s evolving needs, whilst ensuring the safety and security within branches.

I have asked Nick Read, the Chief Executive of Post Office Limited, to write on this matter. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

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