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Departmental Invoices

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the occasions on which (a) his Department, (b) agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period in the financial year 2001–02. [104327]

Information on the occasions where my Department and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, I am able to say that the percentage of bills which were paid by my Department within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice was 95 per cent. for the financial year 2001–02. In addition, the percentage of bills paid by my Department's executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), where the information was available, is shown in the following table. I have no Agencies.

Percentage
NDPBPaid within 30 days
Adult Learning Inspectorate90
HEFCE99
Learning and Skills Council95
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority61
Teachers Training Agency97
CITB95
British Educational Comms and Tech AgencyN/A
Engineering Construction ITBN/A
Energy consumption (GWh per year)Energy expenditure (£ million per year)Energy/m2 (kWh/m2 per year)Savings over 1997–98 (percentage)Engergy efficiency spend (£000 per year)
1997–98 DfEE32.981,347,403305.3645
1998–99 DfEE29.901,056,810287.46663
1999–2000 DfEE30.581,111,660288.77527
2000–01 DfES35.161,025,894341.69-1211
2001–02 DfES34.901,120,938339.17-1114

Notes:

Energy consumption: this is weather-corrected in the usual manner, using annual degree days relative to the 20-year average for 1990–91. The figures are those reported on for the Central Government Estate campaign, and generally include each Department's main estate plus all agencies, but not NDPBs.

Energy expenditure: this is actual spend, and from April 2001, includes the Climate Change Levy.

Energy/m2: this variable allows for changes in both weather and estate size on energy consumption. So annual changes will generally reflect efficiency changes.

Savings over 1997–98: these have been expressed as percentage savings relative to the first year quoted here, and are based on the figures in the preceding column.

Energy efficiency spend: note that this is not necessarily a good measure of an effective energy efficiency policy. For example, when a new building is commissioned or an existing one refurbished, good design can actually reduce capital costs, e.g. by avoiding air conditioning. The costs of an effective energy management team may also not be included.

Percentage

NDPB

Paid with in 30 days

General Teaching CouncilN/A
Investors in PeopleN/A
National College for School LeadershipN/A
Student Loans CompanyN/A