Public Sector: Billing

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Mendelsohn Lord Mendelsohn Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions they have put in place for whistleblowing concerning payment performance data published by public authorities as required by sections 113(7) and 113(8) of the Public Service Contracts Regulations 2015.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

Public procurement regulations do not contain requirements for public bodies to include auditing or whistleblowing policies in the operational delivery and management of public contracts.

Public bodies in scope of these regulations are individually responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their own data prior to publication, and operate their own whistleblowing policies.

The Government encourages whistleblowers to get independent advice (e.g. from Citizens Advice) to ensure that they are adequately protected.

Public sector suppliers that have not been paid on time can raise the issue with the Public Procurement Review Service.

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