The question my hon. Friend has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd. (POL) is directly responsible. The company has provided the following figures. Figures prior to 2002 are not available.
Number of open post office branches 2002 45 2003 46 2004 48 2005 43 2006 43
Number of open post office branches
Information relating to post office branches can be found in the Libraries of the House.
Her Majesty's Government will make final decisions on the future of the post office network following national public consultations. Post Office Ltd. will then develop detailed area proposals on which there will be local consultations. Precise arrangements for these will be determined in due course.