Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Post Office proposal to offer retirement and pensions services and information for the over-55 year group will require sub-post office staff to register with the Financial Services Authority. [140264]

    Mr. Byers [holding answer 24 November 2000]: The Post Office has no proposals to offer financial advice on retirement pension provision.

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Performance and Innovation Unit has made an estimate of the number of mergers of sub-post offices required by its recommended programme of modernisation for the urban network. [140263]

    Mr. Byers [holding answer 24 November 2000]: The Performance and Innovation Unit has not made such an estimate.

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