Hansard 1 Mar: Column 533 ...
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A petition with more than 40,000 signatures was presented to the commons, protesting at government proposals to pay benefits directly into bank accounts. The petitioners asked MPs to urge trade and industry Stephen Byers to rethink the plan.
The signatures were collected in Richmond, Yorkshire, - William Hague's constituency - and the neighbouring constituencies of Vale of York and Ryedale.
Presenting the petition, Anne McIntosh, Conservative MP for Vale of York, said: 'The petition is raised in view of the threat to post offices and sub-post offices in rural locations and market towns from making payments of benefits and pensions by automated means only through banks through banks, when most banks in north Yorkshire villages and small towns have already closed'.