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Royal Mail: Industrial Disputes

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) letters and (b) parcels sent to members of the armed forces stationed in (i) the UK, (ii) Europe, (iii) Afghanistan and (iv) elsewhere have been delayed as a result of industrial action by Royal Mail postal workers in each month in 2009. (307355)

The issue raised is an operational matter for Royal Mail. I have therefore asked the chief executive of Royal Mail, Adam Crozier, to provide a direct reply to the hon. Member.

I understand however that the Ministry of Defence British Forces Post Office (BFPO) established arrangements with Royal Mail that allowed for mail items to be sent to BFPO oversees addresses throughout the period of industrial unrest.

A copy of Royal Mail’s response will be placed in the Libraries of the House.