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Post Offices

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform whether compensation for the compulsory purchase of a community-owned post office branch is payable to (a) the not-for-profit company which owns the post office franchise and (b) the individual who rents and runs the franchise. (188654)

This is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd (POL). I have therefore asked Alan Cook, managing director of POL, to reply direct to the hon. Member.

Copies of the letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what provision there is for a community-owned post office branch earmarked for closure to remain open if (a) the local community is prepared to forego the post office salary and (b) a third party is prepared to pay the operating costs. (188656)

This is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd (POL). I have therefore asked Alan Cook, managing director of POL, to reply direct to the hon. Member.

Copies of the letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.