§ Mr. Randall
asked the Postmaster-General what are the total savings to date from the downgrading of head post offices; if he will list the individual savings from each downgraded head post office, and the total savings anticipated by the completion of the downgrading programme.
§ Mr. Mason
The phasing of the transfer of work and other measures we take to ease the problems of transition for the staff make an exact statement of savings at individual Head Post Offices impracticable, but I estimate the total annual saving on the 83 Head Post Offices regraded so far at about £350,000. On completion of the programme the annual saving will be approximately £1.3 million.