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Departmental Billing

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement. (307954)

In October 2008 the Prime Minister announced that all central Government Departments will pay valid invoices within 10 (working) days.

The Department’s performance for payment of invoices in each month since November 2008 against this commitment is set out in the table. There was no requirement to gather and maintain data on this basis prior to November 2008. To provide this information would incur disproportionate cost.

Number of invoices paid

Percentage of invoices paid within 10 working days

November 2008

454

43

December 2008

492

77

January 2009

410

80

February 2009

434

87

March 2009

538

88

April 2009

437

87

May 2009

355

85

June 2009

407

84

July 2009

633

91

August 2009

506

94

September 2009

512

91

October 2009

553

95

November 2009

562

94