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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on Royal Mail services in each of the last five years. (288792)

As the Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007 information is available only for the last two financial years:

£

2008-09

2007-08

Ministry of Justice HQ

930,866

1474,818

HM Courts Service

8,216,255

7,853,817

Tribunal Service

2,630,956

2,367,064

Office of Public Guardian

10,392

6,440

National Offenders Management Service (NOMS)

629,000

1449,000

Total:

12,417,469

11,151,139

1 In 2007-08, expenditure by certain parts of the Department—the Office of Criminal Justice Reform in Ministry of Justice headquarters, and headquarters functions within the current NOMS agency—were recorded on the Home Office’s accounting system, reflecting the way functions were organised prior to 9 May 2007. Details of this expenditure could be obtained only from Home Office systems at disproportionate cost. The 2007-08 NOMS figure reflects expenditure by the former HM Prison Service agency only.

In addition to this factor, the increase in expenditure reflects increases in postal charges from April 2008 and a greater use of tracked services including recorded post and courier services, reflecting an increased concern for data security when posting information.

All expenditure with the Royal Mail is in line with the principles set out in HM Treasury’s manual “Managing Public Money”, and the Treasury handbook on “Propriety and Regularity”.