To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of invoices for goods and services procured from small and medium-sized businesses were paid within 30 days of receipt by (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which his Department is responsible in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
The proportion of invoices paid within 30 days of receipt for small and medium-sized enterprises is not recorded or reported separately. However the overall performance for the Department and the agencies for which the Department is responsible in 2007-08 was 96 per cent. This can be further broken down to:
(a) The Department 96 per cent.
(b) The Agencies
Disability and Carers Service: 95 per cent.
Child Support Agency: 96 per cent.
The Pensions Service: 98 per cent.
Jobcentre Plus: 96 per cent.
Overall performance: 96 per cent.
For the period specified in this response, Disability and Carers Service and The Pension Service operated as separate agencies and have, therefore, been reported on separately. Disability and Carers Service and The Pension Service subsequently merged to become PDCS on