Armed Forces: Delivery Services

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) which commercial undertakings do not acknowledge BFPO addresses for deliveries;

(2) what steps he has taken to ensure that servicemen who receive their mail via BFPO addresses are not discriminated against by commercial undertakings;

(3) if he will make it his policy not to place departmental business with commercial undertakings which do not deliver to BFPO addresses.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 14 July 2008

We are aware of a small number of commercial undertakings who do not acknowledge BFPO addresses for deliveries, however companies are free to make their own commercial decisions. In these circumstances, it is MOD policy to work with the organisations to persuade them to adapt their systems to accommodate BFPO addresses. BFPO is in negotiation with the Royal Mail Group, and its IT system providers to develop a technical solution, while continuing to implement successfully 'work-around' solutions with individual companies.

Approximately 1,500 commercial undertakings, including major mail order companies and carriers, have entered into contracts with BFPO and offer deliveries to BFPO addresses. A full list of these can be found on the BFPO website at

www.bfpo.org.uk.

All MOD contracts are subject to Government procurement regulations and it would be unlawful to discriminate against any company.

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