Defence Equipment and Support: Billing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th February 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value of invoices received from suppliers to Defence Equipment and Support and unpaid within 30 days has been since November 2016.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many invoices received from suppliers to Defence Equipment and Support have not been paid in full within 30 days of their receipt since November 2016.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since the implementation of a new purchase to pay system in December 2016 the Ministry of Defence has paid around half a million invoices worth nearly £7 billion to suppliers - equating to 98% of invoices. Just under 10,000 of these - or two per cent of the stated number - with a value of some £374 million, were not satisfied within 30 days.

The MOD is committed to paying all of its suppliers as promptly as possible. We recognise the impact that late payments have on suppliers and we are taking a number of actions to ensure that performance returns to, and then surpasses, usual levels.

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