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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on Royal Mail services in each of the last two years. (288737)

The following table shows how much the Northern Ireland Office, including the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland, but excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, spent using Royal Mail in each of the last two years.

Expenditure (£)

2007-08

£66,473

2008-09

£161,125

These figures exclude companies who operate franking machines and may make payments to Royal Mail. The £95,000 increase from 2007-08 to 2008-09 relates to an increase from £32,000 in 2007-08 to £81,000 in 2008-09 by the Chief Electoral Office due to the European elections and an increase from £371,000 in 2007-08 to £49,000 in 2008-09 by Access NI resulting from their first full operating year.