§ Mr. Gale
To ask the Prime Minister further to his statement on 4 February 2000, that the Government intend to promote the installation of cash machines at rural post offices, how franchises for these will be awarded; and what estimate he has made of the cost per transaction for the use of such machines. 
§ The Prime Minister
[holding answer 10 February 2000]: Decisions on the installation of cash machines at post offices are an operational and commercial matter for the Post Office. They are currently in the process of assessing all existing post office outlets for the suitability of a cash machine. Cost estimates are a commercial issue for the Post Office in conjunction with its partners and are currently being developed.