HC Deb 06 February 2002 vol 379 c983W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the instances in which her Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period in the financial year 2000–01. [32031]

Dr. Howells

The information requested on the Department and its agency, the Royal Parks is in the following table:

DCMS The Royal DCMS Parks Agency
Number of valid invoices paid 6,125 4,411
Number of invoices paid outside 30 days or after the agreed credit period 62 249
Percentage of invoices paid on target 99 94

The Department has 66 non-departmental public bodies and does not keep central records of their invoice payment performance. The details requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.