HC Deb 23 February 1966 vol 725 c403
23. Mr. Jackson

asked the Postmaster-General how many applications were made in 1965 for sub-post offices to be opened; and how many of these applications were granted.

Mr. Benn

I am sorry that the number of applications for sub-post offices is not available centrally and could not be obtained without disproportionate expense; however, I can tell my hon. Friend that in 1965 92 new sub-post offices were opened and 79 sub-post offices were closed.

Mr. Jackson

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the provision of two sub-offices in my constituency has been refused? Could he give an assurance that, when a new private housing estate is developed very rapidly next to a local authority estate, a detailed look will be taken at the provision of a sub-office?

Mr. Benn

Wherever there is new development this is taken into consideration in deciding whether a new sub-office should be opened.