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Post Offices: Rushden

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the closure of the post office in Rushden town centre against the Government’s access criteria. (141473)

Decisions on individual post office branches are operational matters for which the management of Post Office Ltd (POL) have direct responsibility. I understand that the branch will close on 11 June 2007 following the decision by POL’s current partners Budgen Stores Ltd to withdraw from providing post office services at the site. I also understand that POL are committed to maintaining a branch in this location and they have two prospective applicants, with suitable premises, currently progressing through their application process. During the period of temporary closure POL’s customers are free to visit the branch most convenient to them and I understand that there are several branches in the surrounding area.