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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. (208511)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir) on 26 October 2006, Official Report, column 2042W.

As a result of the low levels of activity, the Department for Communities and Local Government does not routinely record international mail costs separately from inland mail. Upon investigation we have identified a spend of £399.99 between May 2007 and May 2008 for international mail and this is administered by Corporate Mailing Services (CMS), a private company which is used by MITIE Document Solutions. CMS is the trading name of Royale Research Ltd.