§ Mr. Hain
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many Post Office staff are seconded(a) full-time and 509W (b) part-time from Howick place sorting office to the royal family at Buckingham palace and when the Queen is in residence elsewhere or aboard the royal yacht in harbour; and if he will make a statement on the arrangements.
§ Mr. Leigh
[holding answer 22 February 1993]: Five Post Office staff are seconded full time from Howick place sorting office for postal duties at Buckingham palace. When Her Majesty the Queen is in residence elsewhere, locally based post office staff are seconded on a temporary basis, as appropriate. No Post Office staff are seconded to the royal yacht.