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Departmental Mail

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of her Department’s mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost was over the last 12 months. (95149)

Over the last 12 months the Foreign and Commonwealth Office shipped mail using the following companies:

100 per cent. of UK mainland mail was shipped by the Royal Mail at an annual cost of £250,000,

100 per cent. of overseas mail was despatched in the Diplomatic bag and shipped by our freight agent DHL Global Forwarding at an annual cost of approximately £2 million.

In addition 100 per cent. of inter-Government mail was shipped using Government messenger services.