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, whether it is the policy of Defence Equipment and Support to pay suppliers for services received only upon receipt of an invoice for those services.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the length of time taken to pay invoices from suppliers to his Department.

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

Ministry of Defence (MOD) policy is to pay valid and undisputed invoices within 30 calendar days, reflecting our legal obligations. Within the MOD, including Defence Equipment and Support, payment can only be made on presentation of a valid invoice.

However, as a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code, we are fully committed to paying all suppliers as quickly as possible and we aim to pay 80% of invoices within five working days. Information about MOD payment policy and our performance is published on gov.uk at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministry-of-defence-supplier-invoicing-and-payment-information.

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