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Departmental Mail

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the Department's mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost was over the last 12 months. (95155)

The Department uses Royal Mail and Parcelforce for a large proportion of its outgoing external mail and only a very small percentage—0.4 per cent.—of our mail is sent via private companies. This is primarily made up of international courier shipments and the cost over the last 12 months was £69,700.