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Departmental Invoices

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what percentage of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in June 2009. (288917)

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is fully committed to achieving compliance with the Prime Minister’s target of paying suppliers within 10 days where possible, and is a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code. The MOJ has only been collecting performance data for the proportion of invoices paid within 10 days of receipt of a supplier invoice since November 2008. Performance since that date is set out in the following table.

Percentage paid within 10 day target

Number of invoices paid within 10 days

November 2008

64

63,307

December 2008

59

58,743

January 2009

55

57,679

February 2009

67

67,693

March 2009

66

82,116

April 2009

82

65,422

May 2009

92

61,462

June 2009

88

73,539

The Ministry has recognised that its performance against the target must improve, and has implemented a prompt payment improvement programme to address the issue. The results from April in the table indicate that this is having an effect, and further improvements will be evident as the programme progresses.