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Post Office: Armed Forces

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 20 October 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on morale within Her Majesty's Armed Forces of withdrawing the British Forces Post Office from units in mainland Europe. [HL5718]

The MoD has taken account of the potentially adverse impact associated with the changes to the affected forces post offices and measures are being put in place to ensure that our personnel and their dependants are not significantly disadvantaged. BFPO services will now be retained at a number of NATO headquarters. A basic postal receipt and dispatch facility will be maintained and the BFPO numbers, which are useful for administrative purposes such as banking and internet shopping, will be retained. Further information regarding this is contained in Defence Internal Briefing 37a (DIB 2009/37a), a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House.