HC Deb 19 December 2000 vol 360 c155W
15. Mr. Gray

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the future of rural post offices in Scotland. [141578]

Mr. Wilson

This Government recognise that post offices form a vital part of the rural community, and are fully committed to maintaining the existing size and shape of the rural network. We have asked the Post Office to ensure that it prevents any avoidable closures of rural post offices. This obligation will be written into the social and environmental guidelines under the Postal Services Act 2000. Where necessary, there will be funds available to back it up.

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