Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (135)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

136 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Social Protection the average time lapse between receipt of invoices for goods and services and actual payment in her Department and in each agency and organisation within her remit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32606/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

The Department of Social Protection, in common with other Departments, submits a report on its payments performance each quarter to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. These reports detail the value of payments made, and the number and percentage of payments made within 15 days, within 16-30 days and in excess of 30 days. These quarterly reports are published on the website of the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation and are also available on the Department's website. The Department also publishes prompt payment information for the Citizen's Information Board and the Pension's Board on its website.

The latest available returns which are for quarter 1 2012 are set out in the following tables. These tables show that the majority of invoices are paid within 15 days.

Prompt Payments by Department of Social Protection 1st January to 31st March 2012

Details

Number

Value (€)

Percentage (%) of total payments made

Total payments made in Quarter

4,920

100,535,807

(100)

Number of payments made within 15 days

2,997

41,017,119

61

Number of payments made within 16 days to 30 days

1,317

52,718,070

27

Number of payments made in excess of 30 days

606

6,800,618

12

Disputed Invoices

Nil

Nil

Nil

Total

4,920

100,535,807

100

1st Quarter 2012 (1st January-31st March 2012)Prompt Payments by bodies under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection 1st January to 31st March 2012

Agencies of DSP

% of overall Total value paid within 15 days

Value of payments made within 15 days (€)

% No. of payments made within 15 days

No. of payments made within 15 days

The Pensions Board

98.6

496,699

98.6

154

Citizens Information Board

96

14,722,055

96

550

Total

15,218,754

704