Post Office Card Accounts — 11 Jun 2003 at 18:40

I beg to move,

That this House believes that those Post Office customers who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pension payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of ACT in April, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of Subpostmasters' call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices; and calls upon the Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all Government departments and agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency.

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

"recognises that more people than ever are choosing to receive their benefits and pensions straight into accounts and welcomes the significant steps the Government has taken to modernise the payment of benefits and enable customers to choose the account that suits them best; welcomes the introduction of the Post Office Card Account as one important option; further recognises the major benefits the move to Direct Payment will have in cutting fraud and crime and the important role it will play in extending financial inclusion; recognises the importance of this programme, which alongside other initiatives such as Pension Credit, increases opportunities for elderly people; applauds the Post Office and the cross-departmental programme that ensured the new system was delivered on time at the start of April; and believes that the move to Direct Payment is central to the future of a successful modern Post Office."

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

The House divided: Ayes 187, Noes 314.

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PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 132 (+2 tell)082.2%
DUP0 3060.0%
Independent Conservative0 10100.0%
Lab314 (+2 tell) 0077.1%
LDem0 39073.6%
PC0 40100.0%
SNP0 4080.0%
UUP0 4066.7%
Total:314 187078.1%

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