Post Offices: Card Account

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Byford Baroness Byford Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the decision on the future of Post Office accounts is to be decided by the Department for Work and Pensions; and whether that department has to consult other departments before a final decision is reached.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The decision on who to award the contract for the successor to the Post Office card account to will be made by the authorities that are going to use the product. In this case, that is the Department for Work and Pensions, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency and the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency. The decision will be made strictly in accordance with the appropriate procurement rules.

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