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Post Office Card Account

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) invitation to tender, (b) specifications and (c) descriptive documents relating to the Post Office card account tender process. (245474)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced to the House in his statement of 13 November 2008, the procurement exercise for a successor to the Post Office card account has been halted and instead another contract will be awarded to Post Office Ltd.

The tender process never reached a final conclusion. We have already published the notice that appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union (already in the Library) which set out what we intended to procure.

We do not intend to publish any other related documents.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the change in revenue which the Post Office will experience as a result of the award of the Post Office card account contract in each year of the contract period. (245475)

[holding answer 12 January 2009]: The Government are in the process of agreeing the detailed terms of a new contract with Post Office Ltd. The amounts to be paid to Post Office Ltd. will depend on a number of factors including customer behaviour. The financial details of the contract will remain commercially confidential.