HC Deb 17 January 2001 vol 361 cc234-5W
Mr. Grieve

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what powers he has to require the Post Office to keep open(a) rural and (b) urban sub-post offices; and if he will make a statement. [145897]

Mr. Byers

[holding answer 16 January 2001]: Under successive Governments, no Minister has had the power to require the Post Office to keep open sub-post offices. However because of this Government's commitment to the network, the Post Office have accepted a formal requirement to maintain the rural network and to prevent any avoidable closures of rural post offices placed on them in my letter dated 17 November to the Chief Executive.

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