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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company. (208519)

DFID does not separately identify routine post items sent overseas via the Royal Mail. However, the majority of our post to our overseas offices is sent using the Foreign and Commonwealth Office bag service, and the sums paid for this have been as follows:

£

2001-02

16,000

2002-03

27,000

2003-04

126,000

2004-05

227,000

2005-06

203,000

2006-07

33,000

2007-08

32,000

The aforementioned amounts represent the financial year in which FCO charged DFID for the service, not necessarily the year in which the items were sent. It also includes heavy items rather than normal mail, but these cannot be separately identified.