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Departmental Billing

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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. (279526)

[holding answer 12 June 2009]: Following the statement by the Prime Minister at PMQs on 8 October 2008, central Government Departments were asked to make payment of SME supplier invoices within 10 days. From information held centrally the 10 day payment performance for all supplier invoices from November 2008 for the core-Department and Executive agencies and NDPBs that utilise core-DEFRA’s financial system is as follows:

Percentage

10 day performance

2008

2009

Organisation

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

Core DEFRA

33.5

77.1

99.8

99.8

99.4

99.7

99.9

Animal Health Agency

25.5

74.6

99.9

100.0

99.9

99.9

100.0

Natural England

99.5

99.4

99.5

99.6

99.9

99.8

99.7

Marine and Fisheries Agency

41.6

84.6

100.0

96.3

100.0

100.0

99.5

Gov. Decon. Service

35.7

67.3

100.0

99.5

100.0

DECC cost centres

28.1

81.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

99.5

100.0

Note:

GDS merged into FERA from 1 April 2009.