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Departmental Payments

Volume 301: debated on Thursday 27 November 1997

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to publish the league table of Departments' payment performance. [18471]

Departments' performances in paying invoices within the agreed credit terms, or 30 days where no such terms exist, for the period 1 June 1996 to 31 March 1997 are contained in the following table:

Government Departments' (including agencies) payment performance 1996–97
Departments1995–96 Percentage 1996–97 Percentage
National Investment and Loans Office100.0100.0
Privy Council Office0.0100.0
Office of Electricity Regulation99.699.9
Defence, Ministry of99.999.4
Foreign and Commonwealth Office93.399.0
Land Registry 0.099.0
Office of the National Lottery89.098.0
Office of Fair Trading96.098.0
Office of Water Services198.0
Ordnance Survey91.098.0
Trade and Industry, Department for93.097.9
National Savings Department99.297.6
Office of the Rail Regulator98.797.4
Exports Credit Guarantee Department0.097.3
Government Actuary's Department0.097.0
Serious Fraud Office92.096.9
Health and Safety Executive93.896.8
Crown Prosecution Service94.396.7
Welsh Office95.096.7
Office of Telecommunications94.096.0
Registry of Friendly Societies Commission96.095.9
Public Record Office0.095.8
HM Treasury86.095.6
Office of Passenger Rail Franchising97.495.4
Treasury Solicitors Department including Law Office Department0.095.3
Inland Revenue92.395.2
Northern Ireland Departments96.695.2
Forestry Commission86.095.0
Office of Gas Supply99.895.0
Social Security, Department of96.095.0
Office for Standards in Education0.094.0
Royal Mint0.093.0
Home Office91.092.9
Health, Department of95.292.6
International Development, Department for90.092.4
Education and Employment, Department for92.2
Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions:
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food83.091.8
Crown Office, Scotland (including Lord Advocates Department)0.091.5
Culture, Media and Sport, Department for91.091.1
Charity Commission88.890.6
Lord Chancellor's Department including Public Trustee Office93.990.6
National Statistics, Office for88.088.7
Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce0.088.6
Departments1995–96 Percentage 1996–97 Percentage
Cabinet Office (including Office of Public Services)84.088.4
Customs and Excise94.086.0
Scottish Office94.083.6
1 Under Department of the Environment. The figures for 1995–96 and 1996–97 are not directly comparable due to differences in the method of calculation.
The figures for 1996–97 cover a 9 month period from 1 June 1996, from the introduction of the revised method of calculation.
The figures for 1996–97 overlap those in the interim table published on 17 December 1996. This table covers a 9 month period to allow closer comparison to future full year tables.
Questions on individual department's results should be addressed to the relevant department.