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Post Office Card Accounts

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make additional funds available to the Department for Work and Pensions to cover an increase in the number of Post Office Card Accounts opened above the Government's estimates; whether he plans that the cost of accounts above the estimate will be met from within the Department's existing expenditure plans; and if he will make a statement. [125334]

Provision was made in the Department for Work and Pensions 2002 Spending Review settlement for additional funding to be made available if card account numbers exceed the planning assumption.