Armed Forces: Postal Services

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has taken to ensure that firms recognise a British Forces Post Overseas address as a valid British address.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) and Royal Mail have worked together to introduce UK-style postcodes for service personnel and their families serving overseas.

The new online postcodes will help personnel serving overseas, and their families, by improving access to products and services from the internet, as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. It will also help personnel maintain a UK credit history recognised by financial service providers.

Released commercially in March 2012, companies have been able to update their internet services to accept BFPO numbers since April 2012.

This will be a significant benefit for our forces and their families stationed overseas, who should enjoy exactly the same access to goods and services as UK residents.

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