Department of Education: Contracts

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has issued contracts in the last two years that do not include provisions to impose that any payment due from the contracting authority to the contractor under the contract is to be made no later than 30 days from the date on which the relevant invoice is regarded as valid and undisputed as required by the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The information is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

However, all of the Department’s model contracts contain clauses which require the Department to pay invoices within 30 days of receipt. Any correctly submitted invoice that is not paid within 30 days will be subject to the provisions of the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act (1998).

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