§ Mr. Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use his Department makes of the private sector for the movement of parcels, packages, documents and letters; and if he will estimate the proportion of his Department's mail handled in this way.
§ Mr. Brittan
The Home Office has entered into contracts with two private carriers for the movement of mail and other documents and will continue to do so whenever this would enhance the efficiency and economic management of the Department. This business currently represents a little more than two per cent. of the total cost to the Department of postal and other mail delivery services.