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Post Offices

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to his oral statement of 7 June, Official Report, column 23, how many of the post offices referred to receive remuneration for work carried out in addition to the basic flat-rate payment.

A number of the approximately 2,700 sub-postmasters referred to may additionally receive some small one-off payments for minor items of business which occur only intermittently and on a small scale, such as payment for the issue of concessionary bus passes. The numbers receiving such payments fluctuate considerably, but because of their intermittent nature, no central record is kept of the total number of sub-postmasters who receive them at any given time.