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Post Office

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

19. To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the minimum number of post offices necessary to fulfil the Government’s new access criteria. (125517)

The House will be aware that the consultation period on the future of the post office network finishes tomorrow. I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues on a wide range of issues. I also chair the Cabinet Committee on the future of the post office network. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will take full account of the consultation responses and then present his proposals to the Committee, for collective agreement. The Government will then make clear their final proposals in due course.