HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c70W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) rural and (b) urban post offices have closed in each of the last five years; and how many new ones have opened. [75699]

Mr. Timms

In the last five years net annual figures for post office closures are:

March 1998 243
March 1999 233
March 2000 382
March 2001 547
March 2002 262

I understand from Post Office Limited that gross closure and opening/reopening figures, broken down between rural and urban post offices have only been available since April 2001. In the year ending March 2002, 371 rural offices closed and 177 rural offices opened/reopened and 114 urban offices closed and 46 opened/reopened.

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