§ 53. Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had on the proposed downgrading of main post offices in Scotland to self-employed, franchised counter services; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lang
My right hon. and learned Friend has received one representation, from Lairg community council, against the downgrading of Lairg post office to sub-post office status. The day-to-day management of the Post Office business is the responsibility of the Post Office Board. The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry is, however, responsible for general policy. I understand the proposals to regrade a number of Crown post offices to sub-post offices were made on the grounds of commercial and service considerations.