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Government: Contractors

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which contractors of the Department for Children, Schools and Families do not pay their suppliers within 30 days; and what representations they will make to these contractors about withholding retentions from sub-contractors, in accordance with the Office of Government Commerce's fair payment charter. [HL6123]

A complete answer to this question could only be provided at disproportionate costs, as my department does not maintain a central record of this information. However, I can say that all the department’s model contracts for purchase contain a clause requiring contractors to make payments within 30 days of receipt of their supplier’s or sub-contractor’s invoice for the purposes of that contract.