HC Deb 25 March 1986 vol 94 c412W
Mr. Ottaway

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the average time it takes his Department to pay suppliers of goods and services to his Department.

Mr. Rifkind

This information is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Payment is generally made within 28 days of the date of receipt of an account or, where applicable, within the period stipulated in the contract.