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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on Royal Mail services in each of the last five years. (288791)

The information is as follows.

1. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) came into existence on 3 October 2008. The Department has spent £404.90 directly with the Royal Mail since then. General postal services have largely been provided through shared services arrangements with DEFRA and BERR (now BIS). We cannot separately identify the proportion of payments for those shared services that were ultimately payable to Royal Mail.

2. DECC ceased using BIS to provide these services in June 2009. However, these arrangements are still continuing with DEFRA and we are in a process of setting up a separate DECC account with Royal Mail.