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Post Offices

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What support exists to enable elderly persons to access post office services in rural areas. [HL7195]

The Government recognise the important role played by sub-post offices in local communities and made available £450 million (£150 million a year) for the three years 2003-04 to 2005-06 to help maintain the rural post office network. We have now made available a further £300 million to extend financial support until April 2008.

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many post offices and sub post offices have closed in each of the past five years; and how many of these were in designated rural areas. [HL7194]

The Question the noble Lord has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd is directly responsible. Post Office Ltd has provided the following figures relating to the number of post office closures:

Details to end financial yearClosures in Year

Total

Urban

Rural

March 2000-01

547

106

441

March 2001-02

262

68

194

March 2002-03

345

230

115

March 2003-04

1,278

1,129

149

March 2004-05

1,352

1,208

144

March 2005-06

233

84

149