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Departmental Billing

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies to pay invoices from (i) small and medium-sized enterprises and (ii) all creditors in the last 12 months. (315137)

The Prime Minister announced in October 2008 that all central Government Departments will aim to pay invoices within 10 days. The Department and its agencies commenced reporting of 10-day payment performance in January 2009.

In January 2009, 61.19 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. The latest available data are for December 2009, when 92.62 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. This means that payment performance has increased by 31.43 per cent. points over this period.

We do not differentiate payments by supplier size as we have determined to pay all suppliers within 10 days.