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Departmental Billing

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 62W, on departmental billing, how much his Department’s non-departmental public bodies paid in interest under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years. (282329)

None of the non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the Ministry of Justice paid any interest to suppliers under the late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years, (from April 2006 through to March 2009). Although the Ministry of Justice was only formed in May 2007 the figures provided for the three-year period requested are correct, as any payments made under this Act must be disclosed in the audited annual report and accounts of each individual body. No such disclosures were made. Copies of these documents are held in the Library of the House of Commons.