Urban Post Office Reinvention Programme — £210 million authorization — 15 Oct 2002 at 19:58

The majority of MPs voted to authorize payment of £180 million to fund compensation payments to subpostmasters whose offices were being closed under a modernization process, and a further £30 million to make improvements to offices that remained.[1]

This was one stage of the plans outlined by a government report[2] that had been fully accepted.[3]

Funding was provided as "selective financial assistance" under a law that required Parliamentary approval for sums in excess of £10 million,[4] which explains why the motion that was passed read precisely:

  • This House authorises the Secretary of State to pay, by way of financial assistance under section 8 of the Industrial Development Act 1982, in respect of the urban post office reinvention programme, a sum exceeding £10 million to Post Office Ltd.[5]

Nevertheless, it is unusual for appropriations to be authorized by specifying a lower bound only.

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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.

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con0 124 (+2 tell)077.3%
DUP0 3060.0%
Independent0 10100.0%
Lab266 (+2 tell) 0065.4%
LDem0 35066.0%
PC0 3075.0%
SNP0 4080.0%
UUP5 0083.3%
Total:271 170068.8%

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