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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect on his Department’s expenditure of using (a) UK Mail and (b) Royal Mail for its correspondence. (195685)

In 2007-08, it is expected that DWP will spend approximately £15 million with UK Mail to handle 60+ million items of second-class mail from our regional delivery centres. This arrangement saves the Department approximately £2 million per annum against previous provision with Royal Mail.

DWP continues to be a major user of Royal Mail’s postal services, spending £37.5 million with them in 2007-08 to deliver 100+ million items.