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Departmental Billing

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his Department's policy is on paying supplier invoices within 10 days; and how many and what proportion of such invoices to his Department were settled within 10 days in the last 12 months. (250876)

BERR's policy is to make all payments within 10 days, in line with the PM's commitment of 8 October 2008.

During November and December 2008, the first two months of formally recording performance against the new 10-day target and in advance of new guidance to suppliers being fully embedded, BERR paid 93.1 per cent. (2,205 invoices) and 96.9 per cent. (2,112 invoices) of invoices within 10 working days respectively.