Departmental Postal Services

Transport written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of letters sent by his Department were given to (a) the Royal Mail and (b) another postal services provider for delivery in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The information requested is in the following table.

(a) Royal Mail (b) Other postal service
DF T organisational unit Items Percentage Items Percentage
Central Department: London HQ(1) 87,694 97 2,758 3
Air Accidents Investigation Branch(2) (2) 100 (2) 0
Marine Accident Investigation Branch (2) 99 (2) 1
Rail Accident Investigation Branch(1) 3,372 98.80 40 1.20
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency(3) 108,767,612 100 (3) (3)
Driving Standards Agency(4) (4) 99 (4) 1
Government Car and Despatch Agency(5) (2) 100 0 0
Highways Agency(5) (5) (5)99 (5) (5)1
Maritime and Coastguard Agency(6) (6) (6) (6) (6)
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency(2) (2) 100 (2) 0
Vehicle Certification Agency(2) (2) 99 (2) 1
(1) Includes letters and other articles (parcels, packets etc) transmitted by post.

(2) No record kept of number of items sent.

(3) 100 per cent. of the mail despatched to the public is sent via Royal Mail. The only other provider is Secure Mail Services which is used to securely transport mail internally to local office.

(4) The requested information can be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, DSA estimates that around 99 per cent. of its letters are given to Royal Mail for delivery.

(5) The Highways Agency does not maintain number counts for the posting of letters. Above is an estimate.

(6) The Information requested is not collected in the format requested. Cost analysis would not reflect numbers and/or percentage as the cost element is not fixed between couriers.

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