Home Office: Post Office

Home Office written question – answered on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of his Department's contract with Post Office Ltd for Check and Send services in (a) each year since its inception and (b) the next five years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office does not pay Post Office Ltd (POL) for providing either of the passport Check & Send services. The handling charges by POL to passport customers applying under both the digital and paper Check & Send services cover their costs of providing these services, and for the onward secure transmission of applications to Her Majesty’s Passport Office. This has been the case since the original service was introduced in 1996, and will continue to be the arrangement until the current Agreement ends on 31 August 2022.

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