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Departmental Postal Services

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of postal services provided for his Department and its agencies 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) after 1 July 2009. (298728)

For the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its agencies, between November 2007 and October 2008 approximately 99.6 per cent. of postal services were provided by Royal Mail and approximately 0.4 per cent. were provided by another postal service supplier. Between November 2008 and October 2009 approximately 99.8 per cent. of postal services were provided by Royal Mail and approximately 0.2 per cent. were provided by another postal service supplier.

Automated statistics prior to November 2007 are not available. Statistics between November 2007 and October 2008 are partially estimated as although the London based franking system can provide statistics throughout the period in question, the Hanslope Park based franking system is only able to produce statistics covering November 2008 to October 2009. Manually collated information covering the specific timescales requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with which providers (a) his Department and (b) its agencies had a contract to provide postal services in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009. (299426)

While Royal Mail handles the majority of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s UK based mail, FCO Services, which manages postal services for the FCO, has had a contract which covers the entire period in question with DHL Global Forwarding (UK) Ltd. to provide some postal services for the department.