Post Office Closures — Commends the Government's action — 19 Mar 2008 at 18:45
David Laws MP, Yeovil voted in the minority (No).
The majority of MPs voted in favour of the motion:
- This House
- recognises the vital social and economic role of post offices, in particular in rural and deprived urban communities;
- notes the decline in post office customer numbers in recent years and the financial losses of £174 million incurred by the network in 2007;
- further recognises the effect of changes such as direct debit facilities and increased use of the internet for payment and communication;
- commends the Government's action to support the post office network with investment of up to £1.7 billion up until 2011, including an annual subsidy of £150 million;
- further notes that this subsidy did not exist under the last government and that without it thousands more post offices would be under threat; and
- urges the Government to continue working with Post Office Limited to ensure a viable and sustainable network for the future.
This followed a previous vote rejecting a motion to suspend the closure programme during consultation.
The debate is bisected by the announcement of a deferred division, making it inconvenient to access on a single page.
-  John Hutton MP, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
-  Post Office Closures - Suspension for issues to be re-assessed, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
-  Deferred division interruption, House of Commons, 19 March 2008
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||169 (+2 tell)||0||89.1%|
|Lab||290 (+2 tell)||9||0||85.5%|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|David Drew||Stroud||Lab (minister)||no|
|Kelvin Hopkins||Luton North||Lab (minister)||no|
|John McDonnell||Hayes and Harlington||Lab||no|
|Gordon Prentice||Pendle||Lab (minister)||no|
|Alan Simpson||Nottingham South||Lab||no|
|Peter Soulsby||Leicester South||Lab (minister)||no|
|David Taylor||North West Leicestershire||Lab (minister)||no|