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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of postal services provided to the Law Officers' Departments were provided by (a) Royal Mail and (b) other postal service providers (i) in 2007, (ii) in 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009. (298734)

The following tables show the percentage of postal services provided to the Law Officers' Departments by Royal Mail and other service providers in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) between 1 January and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009.

Percentage of postal services provided to the Law Officers’ Departments by RoyalMail and other service providers

2007

Crown Prosecution Service

Serious Fraud Office

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office1

Treasury Solicitors' Department2,3

Royal Mail

34.90

1.60

Other providers

65.10

98.40

2008

Crown Prosecution Service

Serious Fraud Office

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

Treasury Solicitors' Department2,3

Royal Mail

34.00

3.48

44.00

Other providers

66.00

96.52

56.00

2009 (1 January to 1 July)

Crown Prosecution Service

Serious Fraud Office

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office

Treasury Solicitors' Department2,3

Royal Mail

36.60

3.44

25.00

Other providers

63.40

96.56

75.00

2009 (since 1 July)Crown Prosecution ServiceSerious Fraud Office4Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office5Treasury Solicitors' Department2,3Royal Mail23.40100——Other providers76.60———1 In 2007, all postal and courier services were provided to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) through contracts which were initiated and maintained by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), formerly HM Customs and Excise. Includes Attorney General's Office (AGO) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).2 he Treasury Solicitor's Department has a number of providers of postal services, including the Royal Mail. It is not, however, possible to provide a breakdown of the sort requested within the disproportionate cost threshold.3 Since July 2009, RCPO's Manchester office has started to use DX for an increasing percentage of its postal services, currently estimated to increase the overall percentage of RCPO non-Royal Mail postal services by no more than 5 per cent.4 The Serious Fraud Office is not in receipt of invoices from other postal service providers for the period since 1 July 2009 and therefore financial records currently attribute 100 per cent. of expenditure for postal services to Royal Mail.5 The National Fraud Authority (NFA), formerly the National Fraud Strategic Authority (NFSA) was established in 2008 as an executive agency of the Attorney-General's Office (AGO). NFA has not held any contracts with postal service providers, including Royal Mail, for the years 2008 and 2009 (1 January 2009 to present). Prior to the NFA's change of accommodation from 26-28 Old Queen Street, SW1H 9HP to 200 Gray's Inn Road, WC1A 9BP in July 2009, it made use of Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate's postal arrangements (accounted for above as part of overall information for the Treasury Solicitor's Department). Since its relocation the NFA has made use of the arrangements put in place by the Serious Fraud Office.Note:Each of the Law Officers Departments has separate arrangements for the procurement of postal services.

To ask the Solicitor-General with which providers the Law Officers' Departments held contracts to provide postal services (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009. (298765)

Details of the providers with which the Law Officers' Departments held contracts to provide postal services in each of the periods (a) in 2007, (b) in 2008, (c) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (d) after 1 July 2009, are provided in the following table.

Contracts with postal service providers

Crown Prosecution Service

Serious Fraud Office

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office1

Treasury Solicitor's Department2

2007

DX

DX

see note below

DHL

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

DX

2008

DX

DX

DX

DHL

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

DX

1 January to 1 July 2009

DX

DX

DX

DHL

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

DX

Since 1 July 2009

DX

DX

DX

DHL

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

DX

1 In 2007. all postal and courier services were provided to the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) through contracts which were initiated and maintained by MM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). formerly HM Customs and Excise. New contracts were set up by RCPO in April 2008 with Document Exchange (DX) and the Royal Mail and continue to date.

2 Includes Attorney General's Office (AGO) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). For the periods in question, TSol (including AGO and HMCPSI) has held formal contracts with DHL and DX Network Services, as well as with Pitney Bowes for the maintenance and re-charging of franking machines for franked mail which is delivered by Royal Mail. In addition to the contracted

services listed, the Treasury Solicitor's Department (including AGO and HMCPSI) has, for the periods listed, utilised services provided by Royal Mail and the InterDelivery Service of the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

Notes:

1. Each of the Law Officers Departments has separate arrangements for the procurement of postal services.

2. The National Fraud Authority (NFA), formerly the National Fraud Strategic Authority (NFSA), was established in 2008 as an executive agency of the Attorney General's Office (AGO). NFA has not held any contracts with postal service providers, including Royal Mail, for the years 2008 and 2009 (1 January 2009 to present). Prior to the NFA's change of accommodation from 26-28 Old Queen Street, SW1H 9HP to 200 Gray's Inn Road, WC1A 9BP in July 2009, it made use of Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate's postal arrangements (accounted for above as part of overall information for the Treasury Solicitor's Department). Since its re-location the NFA has made use of the arrangements put in place by the Serious Fraud Office.