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Departmental Billing

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (307961)

Information currently available for the Department, its agencies and trading funds is provided in the following table:

MOD and agenciesUKHOMet OfficeDSTLDSG

Total

Percentage paid

Total

Percentage paid

Total

Percentage paid

Total

Percentage paid

Total

Percentage paid

November 2008

390,354

72.3

December 2008

415,608

85.0

January 2009

361,494

80.0

1,267

55.5

February 2009

459246

85.0

1,010

82.5

March 2009

466,246

90.7

740

94.7

1,271

86.2

April 2009

472,644

92.8

551

97.6

1,090

81.3

May 2009

445,844

98.4

572

98.1

922

77.5

June 2009

448,697

97.5

574

97.4

610

92.3

July 2009

431,323

97.7

800

98.5

729

93.0

3,592

72.5

August 2009

412,871

98.0

547

97.8

577

95.1

2,284

98.0

September 2009

398,351

98.0

491

94.9

638

95.9

2,234

88.5

6,286

76.4

October 2009

415,740

98.6

600

98.0

647

95.0

3,081

98.8

6,446

88.7

November 2009

420,291

98.4

577

95.0

594

96.8

2,621

98.6

7,047

92.5

Key:

UKHO: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

DSTL: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

DSG: Defence Support Group

The Government are committed to improving the payment culture in the UK in order to create a fair and stable business climate. Government Departments and their agencies should aim to pay all invoices not in dispute within 10 days or within the agreed contractual terms if otherwise specified.

The Ministry of Defence fully supports this policy.