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Departmental Billing

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of invoices his Department and its agencies paid within 10 days of receipt in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (278828)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many days on average (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies has taken to pay invoices from suppliers in each month since November 2008. (278911)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress his Department has made in ensuring that invoices for public sector contractors are paid within 10 days. (279981)

[holding answer 10 June 2009]: Since the Government's commitment announced in October 2008 to pay invoices within 10 days, the Treasury Group's performance against the target, including the number of invoices processed and the number of days taken to pay is shown in the following table.

Treasury Group invoice payment performance November 2008 to May 2009

Month1

Invoices paid within 10 working days

Percentage of invoices paid within 10 working days

Average working days to pay

November 2008

854

88

10

December 2008

883

93

6

January 2009

796

89

7

February 2009

893

95

6

March 2009

1,117

93

6

April 2009

801

87

8

May 2009

686

87

9

1 Payment performance for invoices received by Treasury Group organisations within each calendar month.