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Departmental Procurement

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department’s policy is on requesting discounts from its suppliers in return for swift payment of invoices. (220437)

It is the Department’s policy to meet its payment obligations promptly within agreed contract terms and acquisition teams are bound under HM Treasury rules to choose or negotiate payment terms that represent good value.

The Department is making greater use of e-tools to secure better deals and speed up the payment process in pursuit of better value for money.