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Departmental Invoices

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 5 June 2003

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To ask the Solicitor General if she will list the occasions on which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period within financial year 2001–02. [104314]

Crown Prosecution ServiceDuring financial year 2001–02 the Crown Prosecution Service failed to pay 13,490 out of a total of 233,126 valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period, which represents 5.8 per cent. of the invoices processed.

Serious Fraud Office

The information and detail is not available in the format requested without disproportionate cost.

However, the Serious Fraud Office paid 93.4 per cent. of all invoices within terms or 30 clays, if no terms were specified, for the financial year 2001–02.

Treasury Solicitor's Department

The prompt payment performance of the Treasury Solicitor's Department, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate is published each year in line with other Government Departments. For the 2001–02 financial year 97 per cent. of invoices received were paid within the 30 day period.

The total number of invoices received was 10,518 of which 10,150 were paid within 30 days. The remaining 368 (3 per cent.) were paid outside of the 30 day period. Listing each invoice individually would require

extraction of details at disproportionate cost but the breakdown of these invoices by calendar month is as follows:


Number of invoices

April 200174
May 200118
June 200126
July 200167
August 200127
September 200124
October 200122
November 200116
December 200118
January 200239
February 200229
March 20028