Prison and Probation Service: Billing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Mendelsohn Lord Mendelsohn Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 26 February (HL13741), what was the potential interest liability as a result of the invoices paid late by Her Majesty's Prison and Prohibition Service in 2017–18; how much interest was paid to suppliers as a result; whether that information is published online as required by section 113(7) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015; and if so, where.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

The information requested in respect of the potential interest liability or amount of interest paid to suppliers in respect of late payment invoices could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) does not separately collate or calculate such information.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes prompt payment data for the department in the procurement section of its gov.uk page. The most recent data and historic data can be found at these links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/procurement#prompt-payment-of-our-suppliers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministry-of-justice-payment-performance-data/ministry-of-justice-payment-performance-data

MoJ is exploring an efficient method of gathering and publishing data regarding the amount of interest paid and any such interest potentially payable.

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