I was able to raise an intervention this evening in the debate on Community and Sub-Post Offices, something on which I have been contacted several times recently. There is a problem that income for postmasters and sub-postmasters has been driven down lately by policy decisions taken by the Post Office to the point where these business are no longer an attractive proposition for sale.
Bill Grant MP
Gavin Newlands MP
I am conscious of the time, and the Minister may be a little bit shorter of response time than she would perhaps like to be, but I will give way.
Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern that the income of the small businesses run by many sub-postmasters and postmasters has been driven down by the Post Office and has reduced dramatically, and they are therefore unable to sell on what is maybe a long-established business that nobody will take on? This is leading to the closure of important post offices in communities. The Post Office itself is reducing their number and causing this crisis.
The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. I will come on to detail some of that shortly, if I get a minute between interventions.