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Universal Bank

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the impact on Scottish pensioners and benefit recipients of the exclusion of leading Scottish banks from the Post Office universal bank. [120214]

All leading Scottish banks have made their basic bank accounts accessible at post offices, and many have now extended these arrangements to current account holders.The Government's policy is to extend the choices available to benefit recipients, in respect of where and when they collect their money.