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Departmental Finance

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Accounts Payable Module in Prism is closing promptly in all cases; and if she will make a statement. (75957)

[holding answer 8 June 2006]: The Accounts Payable (AP) module in Prism experienced various problems which prevented prompt closure for the months of December, January, February and March. These problems were identified and corrected. Changes have been made to Prism, and to our procedures, which came fully into effect at the end of March. We are now able to detect the errors which caused the problems within the month, enabling them to be corrected before the month-end. The AP module has closed promptly for April and May.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what delays there are relating to (a) the input and processing of invoices and (b) late payment of invoices; and in which missions. (75958)

[holding answer 8 June 2006]: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only by contacting each individual post, which would incur disproportionate cost.