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Post Offices: North Yorkshire

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will instruct Post Office Ltd. to make its accounts available to North Yorkshire County Council to allow that council to assess the financial viability of individual post offices in North Yorkshire. (228985)

Post Office Ltd’s annual accounts are filed at Companies House and are therefore publicly available on request. In certain circumstances, for example where a local authority is interested in funding post office and other community service provision after the closure of a post office branch, Post Office Ltd may be prepared to disclose the costs to them of operating an individual post office on a confidential basis, providing the local authority signs an appropriate non-disclosure agreement and the outlet meets the relevant criteria.