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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on Royal Mail services in each of the last two years. (288745)

The Scotland Office spend using Royal Mail was £7,199 in 2007-08 and £13,476 in 2008-09. The Office was not required to top-up its franking machine in London during 2007-08, which significantly reduced the overall costs.

The Scotland Office also incurred Royal Mail costs of £6,718,002 in relation to the posting of candidates’ free mailing and the delivery of poll cards for the Scottish Parliament election in 2007-08. In 2008-09 the Scotland office incurred Royal Mail postage costs for two Westminster by-elections totalling £147,475.