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Post Office

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in Northern Ireland, broken down by category. (104163)

The question the hon. Member has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Limited (POL) is directly responsible.

Information on the network of post office branches broken down by Government office region is produced by POL on a quarterly basis. The latest information on the network at the end of September shows a total of 540 post office branches in Northern Ireland, 160 branches are classified as urban and 380 branches are classified as rural.

Information relating to post office branches can be found in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of post office closures under the urban reinvention programme. (103051)

Some 2,500 urban sub-post offices closed under Post Office Ltd.'s urban reinvention programme. The DTI has funded payments totalling £153 million for compensated closures under the programme.

An additional element of the programme was the availability of investment grant funding for remaining offices. Almost 4,000 offices have received grants with over £23 million paid out.