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Departmental Billing

Volume 493: debated on Friday 12 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of days taken to pay an invoice by (a) his Department and (b) each of its executive agencies was in each month since November 2008. (279524)

The Department for Children, Schools and Families does not hold readily available information on the average number of days to pay an invoice. This information cannot be extracted from existing payment performance data without incurring disproportionate cost to the Department.

However, the following table shows the proportion of all invoices paid by the Department within 10 working days, following the announcement by the Prime Minister in October 2008.

Date

Number of invoices

Percentage

November 2008

3,588

91.6

December 2008

3,712

90.1

January 2009

3,629

91.8

February 2009

4,195

92.5

March 2009

5,500

93.2

April 2009

3,947

84.1

May 2009

3,061

92.0

The Department does not have any executive agencies.