Subcontractors: Prompt Payments

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 8th November 2016.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 2:15 pm, 8th November 2016

Thank you, Madam Principal Deputy Speaker. I apologise for not being in my position for a question yesterday.

The Government's record in ensuring that main contractors are paid quickly is good, but I think that main contractors are using subcontractors for banking purposes. You mentioned project bank accounts, which I think are used in a very limited way in the maintenance sector in particular. On the maintenance sector, will the Minister give us some assurance that subcontractors will be paid promptly by the main contractors and that people will not be out hundreds of thousands of pounds for several months when others have already been paid by the Government for the work carried out?