To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on sending mail overseas in each year since 2001, broken down by delivery company.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) spent £3,300 in total on mail overseas across each of our four current HQ buildings for the period 2007-08 using Royal Mail, the only delivery company used. This amounted to 1.1 per cent. of the postal budget for this period. Each HQ building holds autonomous and non-compatible recording systems, some going back further than others so the collation of records dating from 2001 would incur disproportionate costs even if the base information was extant.