§ David Davis
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed in(a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency and (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire in (i) each of the last 12 months and (ii) the previous five years. 
§ Mr. Timms
I am advised by Post Office Ltd. that data on post office numbers is not available in the form requested.
However, I understand that since March 2000 the company has recorded details of post office closures on the basis of Government Region and in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region as a whole, the numbers of net closures were as follows:
- 2000–01: 50
- 2001–02: 21
- 2002–03: 26 (including seven closures under the urban reinvention programme)
Post Office Ltd. produces information on post office closures on a quarterly basis. There were 19 net closures (including 18 closures under the urban reinvention programme) of post offices in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region to the end of June 2003, the latest quarter for which figures are currently available.