Skip to main content

Departmental Billing

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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. (315065)

The Prime Minister announced in October 2008 that all central Government Departments would aim to pay invoices within 10 days. Communities and Local Government commenced reporting of 10 day payment performance in November 2008.

In November 2008, 77.89 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. The latest available data are for December 2009, when 92.91 per cent. of invoices were paid within 10 days. This means that payment performance has increased by 15.02 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.