HC Deb 17 January 1984 vol 52 c160W
Mr. Michael Forsyth

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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. Butcher

My Department makes limited use of the private sector for mail deliveries, currently amounting to about 2 per cent, of our total external costs for mail services. As a Department we are continuously examining any areas where the private sector might offer a practical and more cost effective alternative.