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Departmental Billing

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the average length of time taken by his Department to pay invoices from (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) all creditors in the last 12 months. (315128)

The Prime Minister announced in October 2008 that all central Government Departments will aim to pay invoices within ten days. The Department for International Development (DFID) commenced reporting of ten day payment performance in November 2008. In December 2009 DFID reported 96.03 per cent. of invoices were paid within ten days. DFID does not separately capture payment information by small or medium-sized enterprises.