§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures she is taking to protect postal workers from exposure to material contaminated with biological or chemical agents. 
§ Ms Hewitt
[holding answer 26 October 2001]: Practical measures to protect postal workers are a matter for the companies concerned who are strongly advised to follow the guidance issued by central Government, their agencies and the police. This advice is being kept under review.
In the case of Consignia, the company is carrying out an assessment with the Health and Safety Executive of what measures are needed to protect its employees.