House of Commons: Correspondence

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effect of the contract for offsite screening of incoming mail to the Houses of Parliament on the ability of Members to receive next-day mail.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will investigate delays experienced by Members receiving incoming mail.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

Mail is collected from the SW1 delivery office in Pensbury Place, London, SW8 by the mail screening contractor at the following times (Mon-Fri) 01:30, 03:30, 04:30, 05:30, 07:00 & 09:00. Post is security screened and subsequently delivered on the same day to the post room in PCH at 05:35, 06:45, 08:30, 10:00, 12:00 & 13:40 where it is sorted and delivered to Members offices at 9am & 12 noon.

Any signed for or Special Delivery items received after the 12 noon delivery are delivered to Members during the afternoon. All other items of post are delivered to Members the next day at 9am.

The Houses of Parliament have no control over delays to the post across the wider Royal Mail network.

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