Departmental Postal Services

Treasury written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Conservative, Great Yarmouth

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what the monetary value was of contracts between his Department and (a) Post Office Ltd and (b) Royal Mail in (i) 1997-98 and (ii) each year since 2004-05;

(2) what services provided by his Department were the subject of a contract with Post Office Ltd in 1997-98 and have subsequently become the subject of a contract with another supplier; and what the monetary value was of each such contract in (a) 1997-98 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) which services of his Department have been the subject of a contract awarded in a tender process in which Post Office Ltd submitted a bid since 1997-98.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The total value of payments made by the Treasury each year to the Royal Mail and the Post Office are:

Spend (inc. VAT) in financial year Royal Mail Post Office Ltd
2002-03 4,556.89 -
2003-04 2,716.55 -
2004-05 1,234.57 -
2005-06 1,556.47 120,437.50
2006-07 8,275.30 -
2007-08 13,049.04 -
2008-09 15,650.37 -
2009-10 16,364.15 -

Information prior to 2002-03 is not available due to the introduction of a new accounting system at that time.

The Royal Mail provides external mail services to HM Treasury. In 2005 the Post Office provided services in support of a digital media and leaflet campaign.

Records of tenders, contracts and services from the Post Office Ltd from 1997-98 are not held centrally could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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