Former Members mail (2015)

Request

How much is budgeted to spend on redirecting the mail of former members of the House of Commons since the 2015 general election?

Also any information on how many pieces of mail have been redirected to date would be good too.

 

 

Response

As detailed in the Dissolution Guidance which was available to both Members standing and not standing at the General Election, Members were able to inform the Postmaster to re-direct their post to a specified address free of charge for three months. The cost of this would be met by the House of Commons. If the former Member wished for the mail to be forwarded beyond this period, they would set up a redirection of mail at a cost to themselves.

The 2015-16 budget for all mail forwarding was £528,692; the costs of redirecting the mail of former Members cannot be disaggregated from this amount so is not held by the House of Commons.

The House of Commons does not hold any information on how many pieces of mail have been re-directed using the Mail Forwarding Service for standing down or defeated Members at the 2015 General Election nor whether former Members took up this offer.