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Mail: Bio-screening

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimate they have made of the costs of effective bio-screening of mail in the national postal system to protect recipients from anthrax and other biological and chemical agents; and [HL4409]

What assessment they have made of the risk to recipients of mail delivered through the national postal system of not carrying out effective bio-screening. [HL4410]

The Government have not made an assessment of the costs of introducing screening to the postal system. Screening is, however, in place for high risk recipients. These services are provided on a commercial basis.

Central government departments and the emergency services work with Royal Mail and other operators to ensure that effective measures and procedures are in place for managing any risk to their operations and staff or to members of the wider public from chemical or biological agents in the postal system.