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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. (208515)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office sends mail overseas through contracted delivery companies. The annual costs each year are shown in the following table:

Company

Cost (£)

April 2001 to March 2002

Excel Logistics

1,582,877

April 2002 to March 2003

Excel Logistics

1,532,486

April 2003 to March 2004

Excel Logistics

1,444,644

April 2004 to March 2005

Excel Logistics

1,361,530

April 2005 to March 2006

Excel Logistics/DHL Global Forwarding1

1,298,179

April 2006 to March 2007

DHL Global Forwarding

1,284,271

April 2007 to March 2008

DHL Global Forwarding

1,250,638

1 From October 2005

The FCO delegates budgets to posts overseas for postal services to the UK and to other countries. No central record is kept, and to obtain the information would incur disproportionate cost.