Alarm over Post Office bank delays

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The Government was today warned over a scheme to prevent Post Office closures by using them as agencies for High Street banks.

The Government was today warned over a scheme to prevent Post Office closures by using them as agencies for High Street banks.

The chairman of the Commons trade and industry select committee, Labour MP Martin O'Neil, said on BBC radio: "There seems nothing concrete coming out of the discussions the minister has entered into."

He added: "We are just waiting, although I am not holding my breath."

The scheme was launched in the wake of a critical report on the banking industry, but Mr O'Neil said the banks now appeared less willing to deliver. The one that was on board might pull out if others did not join.

Colin Baker, of the National Federation of Sub-Post Masters, said: "Post Offices are still closing, in fact the rate of closure is still growing."

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