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Departmental Procurement

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small- and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (226499)

The payment performance in respect of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium sized businesses is not separated from the Department’s overall payment performance and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In 2007-08 the central Department paid 95.8 per cent. of all valid invoices within 30 days of receipt and agencies for which the Department is responsible for paid 92.4 per cent.