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Departments: Postal Services

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what volume of correspondence his Department sent (a) by Royal Mail and (b) by other commercial delivery services in each of the last five years; and what the reasons were for the use of other commercial delivery services. (150445)

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, who are used on an ad-hoc basis, usually for urgent requirements. The volume of correspondence is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.