§ Mr. Hancock:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role her Department has in the administrative arrangements for setting up a Post Office Card Account; and if she will meet the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters to discuss their concerns about other Government departments' approach to claimants using a post office to access their benefits. 
§ Mr. Timms:
The Government does not have a role in the administrative arrangements for setting up a Post Office Card Account. This is an operational matter for Post Office Ltd.
DTI Ministers and officials are in regular discussions with the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters about a wide range of post office network issues, including the Post Office Card Account.