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Post Offices: Tyne and Wear

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will make a statement on the future of the post office network in Houghton and Washington East constituency. (154306)

No proposals or decisions have yet been made on individual post offices in Houghton and Washington East. Post Office Ltd is now progressively developing proposals for network change in area plans based on groupings of parliamentary constituencies. These will then be subject to local public consultation after input from sub-postmasters, Postwatch and local authorities. Post Office Ltd wrote to all Members of Parliament 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 the constituency.