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Departments: Postal Services

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which postal companies handle mail dispatched by his Department and its agencies. (128245)

The MOD dispatches relatively little mail externally. Official mail within the Department is primarily distributed by the internal Defence Mail Service, provided by the British Forces Post Office, while mail for personnel serving overseas is usually distributed by RAF air transport. Most external mail is sent through the Royal Mail Group, or, exceptionally through other approved carriers. The names of these carriers are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.