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Home Department written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to monitor the payment (a) of its main contractors within 14 days and (b) by main contractors to sub-contractors within 30 days.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

Prompt payment for the Home Office's main contractors is measured and reported monthly against the prompt payment target of 80% set by Government for all Departments. The Home Office's performance for financial year 2012-13 is currently 85% of all valid invoices paid within the target of five days.

The Home Office does not keep regular performance figures on payment by main contractors to sub-contractors within 30-days.

Home Office standard terms and conditions include a term requesting contractors to pay their sub-contractors within 30-days of receipt of a valid invoice.

As part of the Department's annual Corporate Assessment of Environmental, Social and Economic Regeneration (CAESER) questionnaire confirmation is sought from major strategic suppliers that they have a policy in place to ensure that suppliers are paid within 30-days.

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