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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies are under contract to his Department to provide mail services; and when each such contract expires. (296087)

The Department uses a number of companies for different mail delivery services.

External mail is collected and delivered by Royal Mail. This is an on-going rolling arrangement.

For urgent deliveries of documents and for deliveries between buildings alternative suppliers are used. These are:

Urgent motorcycle or van deliveries by Point to Point under contract to April 2011;

and

Inter-Office deliveries by arrangement with Government mail services operated by Government Car and Despatch Agency, a part of Department for Transport. This is subject to an annual service level agreement renewable each October.