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) what steps are taken to check packages sent from the UK to forces personnel in Afghanistan before they are sent;

(2) what proportion of packages sent from the UK to forces personnel in Afghanistan were checked in advance of their arrival in the latest period for which figures are available;

(3) what his policy is on checking or screening packages sent from the UK to forces personnel in Afghanistan;

(4) whether the postal services system being used from the UK to forces personnel serving in Afghanistan differs from that used from the UK to forces personnel serving in Iraq.

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

All mail sent to Afghanistan through the British Forces Post Office is X-rayed as a guard against the carriage of dangerous and/or prohibited items. This security procedure is carried out both in the UK and in Afghanistan.

In addition, mail bags are electronically monitored to ensure they are delivered and test letters are regularly sent to assess the time taken for mail to arrive in theatre.

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