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Post Offices: Closures

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will inform hon. Members, local residents and local authorities contemporaneously of consultations on post office closure plans; and if he will make a statement. (153780)

Post Office Ltd will inform Members of Parliament of its area network change proposals in the week before the start of local consultation and local authorities will be invited to engage with the company on its proposals before local consultation commences.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether any local authority or hon. Member has been formally contacted on the consultation on post office closure plans; and if he will make a statement. (153781)

Post Office Ltd wrote to all Members of Parliament and to local authorities in July explaining the process they will be following in implementing the network change programme and giving the expected timetable for considering the area plan in each constituency or local authority area.