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Departmental Procurement

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (226495)

The total number of invoices paid within 30 days of receipt in 2007-08 by the Department and its agencies for which the Department is responsible are shown in the following table.

The Department does not differentiate between small and medium sized businesses so the figures shown represent the total of all received invoices.

Total number of invoices received

Total number of invoices paid on time

Percentage

Total number of invoices paid

Percentage

Department of Health1

80,570

79,190

98.3

1,380

1.7

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

3,351

3,100

92.5

251

7.5

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

8,771

8,449

96.3

322

3.7

Total

92,692

90,739

97.9

1,953

2.1

1 Includes all payments made using the Government Procurement Card (GPC).