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Armed Forces: Postal Services

Defence written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will examine the reasons for the (a) delay and (b) restrictions affecting people sending parcels to 25 Flight Army Air Corps in Belize.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

British Forces Post Office (BFPO) mail to Belize is transported through the USA and was therefore temporarily affected by the security restrictions resulting from the toner cartridge bomb alert in early November 2010. The backlog was cleared and deliveries made to Belize in time for Christmas. As a result of this incident the USA has imposed additional restrictions of the carriage of mail weighing more than 500 grams.

Delivery times for BFPO mail/parcels to all destinations are regularly monitored and the average time for delivery from anywhere in the UK to Belize through the BFPO system is currently between four and 11 days, largely dependent on whether the package weighs more than 500 grams.

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