Departmental Billing

Home Department written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of invoices submitted to his Department have been paid within 10 days in each month since October 2008; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (the North West), Home Office, Minister of State (the North West), HM Treasury, Minister of State (the North West), Regional Affairs

The Home Department has invested significantly in its people, with the creation of a professional Shared Service Centre and Procurement Centre of Excellence complemented by the creation of new processes and upgraded Procure to Pay systems.

The Department has been putting a firm focus on paying its suppliers on time when it is in receipt of a compliant invoice. It has been working closely with colleagues in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills reporting on both our legislative obligations of 30 days as well as the 10 day PM's commitment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for correctly presented compliant invoices.

The Home Office performance for paying all invoices within 30 days and paying SME compliant invoices within 10 days for the period October 2008 to November 2009 is shown in the following table:

Table 1: The Home Office performance of paying total number of invoices within 30 days and SME compliant invoices within 10 days for the period October 2008 to November 2009
Home Office
Month Total number of all invoices paid Percentage of total number of all invoices paid within 30 days Number of SMEs' compliant invoices paid within 10 days SMEs, percentage of compliant invoices paid with 10 days
October 2008 7,122 83 (1)- (1)-
November 2008 5,336 79 (1)- (1)-
December 2008 5,934 91 (1)- (1)-
January 2009 3,975 83 (1)- (1)-
February 2009 6,185 94 649 100
March 2009 8,622 93 770 10O
April 2009 3,929 84 927 100
May 2009 3,749 87 667 98
June 2009 4,112 89 880 99
July 2009 3,840 92 789 99
August 2009 3,601 90 734 99
September 2009 3,517 90 871 99
October 2009 4,465 91 1,159 100
November 2009 4,949 91 1,208 100
(1) Not recorded prior to PM's announcement to pay all SMEs within 10 days.

The Criminal Records Bureau's (CRB) started to record performance of paying invoices in April 2009 and to provide information before this date would incur disproportionate cost. CRB's performance of paying invoices within 10 days for the period April 2009 to November 2009 is shown in the following table.

Table 2: CRB performance of paying SME invoices within 10 days for the period April 2009 to November 2009
Month Total number of all invoices Number of SME invoices paid within 10 days SME percentage of invoices paid within 10 days
April 2009 285 115 40.00
May 2009 234 135 25.93
June 2009 256 140 36.43
July 2009 414 160 57.50
August 2009 450 92 34.78
September 2009 474 173 33.53
October 2009 235 112 61.61
November 2009 323 193 72.54

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