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Post Offices: National Lottery

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on sub-post offices of the National Lottery Commission's proposal to permit lottery terminals to provide (a) bill payments, (b) mobile telephone top-ups and (c) other commercial services; (322906)

(2) what estimate he has made of the likely change in bill payment income for sub-post offices as a result of the National Lottery Commission's proposal to permit lottery terminals to provide commercial services.

[holding answer 18 March 2010]: Camelot's proposal to provide commercial services through lottery terminals is still subject to the regulatory approval of the National Lottery Commission. If the commission consents to Camelot's proposal, Post Office Limited will carry out an assessment of the impact on sub post offices.