Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (242)

Olivia Mitchell

Question:

245 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Health the average time lapse between receipt of invoices for goods and services and actual payment in his Department and in each agency and organisation within his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32602/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

My Department is committed to making every effort to pay its suppliers promptly. In line with Government Decision No. S29296 of 19 May 2009, every effort, consistent with proper financial procedures, is being made to ensure that all suppliers are paid within 15 calendar days of receipt of a valid invoice. My Department publishes quarterly reports on prompt payments on our website (www.doh.ie). Information from the period January to March 2012 indicates that 91% of valid invoices for goods and services were paid within 15 days. Reports on prompt payments by public sector bodies within my remit are being prepared and will be published on our website in due course.