Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (437)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

437. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to financial provisions for claims pending in the courts in addition to subsequent claims in respect of failures by Departments, bodies or agencies to correctly and accurately implement the provisions of the prompt payment of accounts legislation since 2011; and if so, the details of the scale and scope of such provisions. [4317/20]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) Regulations 2012 applies to all public authorities which include Government Departments and state bodies.

It is the responsibility of each Government Department and state body to ensure its internal systems and processes are in order to meet obligations under the above Regulations.

Data supplied by Government Departments shows strong compliance with payment requirements with, 98% of all invoices received by Government Departments in 2018 and 2019 respectively paid within 30 days and did not incur late payment interest or compensation. In 2018 and 2019, 99% and 98% of all invoices received by the agencies of this Department were paid within 30 days and therefore did not incur late payment interest or compensation payments.

Any court proceedings taken by a supplier against an individual Government Department or state body for non-compliance with these Regulations is a matter for that Department or state body.

I can confirm that my Department is not engaged in court proceedings arising from legal action taken under the European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) Regulations.