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Chris Ruane (Opposition Whip (Commons); Vale of Clwyd, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of his Department’s invoices from its privatesector suppliers were paid (a) within 14 days, (b) between 15 and 30 days, (c) between 31 and 60 days, (d) between 61 and 90 days and (e) more than 90 days after receipt in the last 12 months.

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Tim Loughton (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education; East Worthing and Shoreham, Conservative)

In order to produce the data specific to invoices paid in the last 12 months to private sector suppliers within the periods requested, could be done so only at disproportionate cost.

The departmental model contract terms state that we aim to pay invoices within 10 days of receipt but that payments will only be deemed to be late after 30 days of receipt.

The Department’s performance to pay all invoices to all suppliers within five, 10 and 30 working days was as follows:

78.88% were paid within five working days

95.31% were paid within 10 working days

98.86% were paid within 30 working days

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