That Sub-Post Office Question
(Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat) Hansard source
The Secretary of State
has admitted that the Government will force sub-post offices that are profitable private businesses to close because they are not profitable for the central Post Office
. Will he publish details of the localised costs and the methodology used to calculate them, so that we can be sure that the mistake that was made in the "Counter Revolution" report has not been made in these calculations?Alistair Darling
(Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry) Hansard source
I did not say anything of the sort. The job of the Post Office
is to ensure a coherent national network. As I said at the beginning of my statement and as the hon. Gentleman has to realise, most post offices—apart from Crown ones—are private businesses operated by private individuals, and if they are profitable they will remain profitable.