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Post Office Card Account

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office card account following the expiry of the current contract. (209495)

The existing Post Office card account contract ends in March 2010 as always planned. We are currently in the process of procuring a successor to the existing Post Office card account. An announcement will be made later this year in accordance with appropriate procurement rules once a decision has been reached.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to announce the result of the tender for a replacement of the Post Office card account; and if he will make a statement. (209702)

[holding answer 9 June 2008]: We are currently in the process of procuring a successor to the existing Post Office card account. An announcement will be made later this year in accordance with appropriate procurement rules once a decision has been reached.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria for rural access are required to be met by those tendering for the replacement of the Post Office card account. (209703)

The notice that appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union for the replacement to the Post Office card account specified that customer access to cash is requested at ATMs and personal teller outlets located throughout the UK. The contractors are asked to detail their intended number and the location of outlets, but the size of the network is expected to be in the region of 10,000 outlets.