§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has on(a) the number of specialist philately counters currently operating at post offices in England and Wales, (b) the location of those currently proposed for closure and (c) the total value of annual sales through these counters.
§ Mr. Forth
[holding answer 9 July 1990]: The Post Office tells me there are currently 33 philatelic counters in operation in England and Wales of which seven are new-style "collections" centres opened this financial year. There are, I understand, no plans to close any philatelic counters at present. The figure for the total value of annual sales through these counters is not available.