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Post Offices: Closures

Volume 508: debated on Monday 22 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) on how many occasions a sub-post office temporarily closed has been reclassified as a permanent closure since the first quarter of 2008; (321352)

(2) in what circumstances a post office classified as temporarily closed is reclassified as a permanent closure;

(3) how many sub-post offices which have temporarily closed in each quarter since the first quarter of 2008 remain closed;

(4) what the average time taken to provide a replacement branch in place of a sub-post office which had been temporarily closed was in each quarter since the first quarter of 2008;

(5) how many post offices classified as temporarily closed have been reintroduced as outreach services rather than re-opened;

(6) how many post offices temporarily closed have been replaced with the Post Office Essential Service.

I have asked Alan Cook, managing director of Post Office Ltd., to respond directly to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Libraries of the House.