Armed Forces: Postal Services

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many complaints Ministers in his Department have received about goods damaged by the postal service system used to deliver from the UK to Afghanistan;

(2) how many parcels sent from the UK to armed forces personnel in Afghanistan have been found damaged on arrival in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Since May 2010, two complaints have been received by Defence Ministers about parcels being damaged in transit for delivery to armed forces personnel on operations in Afghanistan.

There is no business requirement to hold information about the number of parcels that may have been damaged during transit from the UK to armed forces personnel on deployment in Afghanistan.

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