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Post Office

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was allocated to support the rural post office network in each of the last 20 years. (93810)

There was no financial support provided to the rural post office network until this Government introduced the social network payment in 2003. Allocations since then have been: £146 million in financial year 2003-04; £151 million in 2004-05; and £147 million in 2005-06. For this and the next financial year we have made available up to £150 million per annum. Additionally, £2 million was made available under the capital start-up scheme introduced in July 2001.