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Post Offices: Rural Areas

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 215119, tabled on 18 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many rural sub post offices existed in (a) 2010 and (b) 2013.

Answered on

25 November 2014

As required under Section 11 of the Postal Services Act 2011, the Secretary of State lays a report before Parliament providing details of Post Office Ltd’s network. The most recent of these reports was laid in July 2014.

These annual network reports show the following:

Financial Year

Total network size

Rural network size

% rural network

2010-11

11,820

6,469

54.7%

2013-14

11,696

6,362

54.4%

In 2010 this Government made a clear commitment to end the closure programmes of the previous administration. Since 2010 we have committed nearly £2 billion to maintain, modernise and protect the Post Office network, and these figures show that the size of the network is at its most stable for a generation.

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills