Post Office Services — 17 Jan 2000

[Relevant documents: The Eleventh Report from the Trade and Industry Committee, Session 1998-99, on the Horizon Project for Automated Payment of Benefits through Post Offices (HC 530), the Twelfth Report, Session 1998-99, on The 1999 Post Office White Paper (HC 94) and the Government's responses thereto (Session 1999-2000, HC 50).]

I beg to move,

That this House deplores the continuing decline under successive governments in the sub-post office network which is contributing to growing financial exclusion especially among pensioners and other low-income groups; regrets the Government's intention to press ahead with automated credit transfer from 2003 which will lead to further large scale closures and will deny freedom of choice; and urges the Government to postpone automated credit transfer until the Post Office has developed its own automated platform and, as part of the Universal Service Obligation, require Post Office Counters to maintain a sub-post office network which satisfies broad social and economic as well as narrow financial criteria of viability.

I beg to move, To leave out from "House" to the end of the Question, and to add instead thereof:

"welcomes the fact that the Government will be introducing a Bill to modernise the Post Office; notes the contrast with years of Tory inaction, that left the Post Office to decline; welcomes the reduction of the External Financing Limit and the ability to borrow which will boost the Post Office's ability to invest for the future, welcomes for the first time the clear commitment of the Government to a network throughout the United Kingdom of post offices which will be automated, and to introduce for the first time criteria for access to Post Office services; welcomes the fact that for the first time the Universal Service Obligation will be guaranteed in legislation; welcomes the study by the Performance and Innovation Unit which is looking at the future of the network; and notes that the policies of the Opposition would undoubtedly lead to the decline of the Post Office."

Question put, That the original words stand part of the Question:--

The House divided: Ayes 43, Noes 298.

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Party Summary

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.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 000.0%
Independent0 1050.0%
Lab298 (+2 tell) 0071.9%
LDem0 40 (+2 tell)091.3%
PC0 1033.3%
UUP0 1010.0%
Total:298 43054.0%

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