Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Questions (66, 67)

Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

66. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Finance if the Office for Government Procurement or another Department, agency or body using public procurement have processed payments for valid supplier invoices after 30 days of receipt; and if so, the scale of such payments in terms of value and number of invoices involved. [4309/20]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

67. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Finance if the Office for Government Procurement or another Department, agency or body using public procurement have processed payments for valid supplier invoices after 90 days of receipt; and if so, the scale of such payments in terms of value and number of invoices involved. [4310/20]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 67 together.

Details of payments for valid supplier invoices processed by my Department and the bodies under its aegis during 2019; after 30 days of receipt, and 90 days of receipt, are contained in the following tables (the various tables have been compiled based on the accounts as at the time the PQ was first received).

It should also be noted that many of the below payments would not have been subject to penalty interest. An invoice can be paid after more than 30 days for a number of valid reasons, such as a dispute, to allow time for information contained on the invoice to be clarified, it may contain an error or there could be an omission.

30 Days

Number

Value

Department of Finance

3

1,487.44

90 Days

Number

Value

Department of Finance

2

590.20

There are 17 bodies under the aegis of my Department, 6 of which have provided content for inclusion. These are the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Central Bank, Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman, National Asset Management Agency, Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Tax Appeals Commission.

It was not possible for 4 of the bodies, Credit Union Advisory Committee, Credit Union Restructuring Board, National Treasury Management Agency and Home building Finance to respond in full to this information request in the time available and therefore I will make arrangements to provide a response in line with Standing Orders.

6 bodies did not have any payments that were processed after 30 or 90 days. These are the Credit Review Office, Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal, Investor Compensation Company Limited, Irish Financial Services Appeal Tribunal, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland.

The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation is not subject to procurement rules and therefore, does not fall under the scope of this PQ.

The remaining bodies under the aegis have provided the following information:

Body (30 Days)

Number

Value, €

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

13

11,945

Central Bank

546

5,125,238

Financial Services & Pensions Ombudsman

22

125,308

National Asset Management Agency

6

54,935

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

28

53,048

Tax Appeals Commission

8

2,920

Body (90 Days)

Number

Value, €

Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General

7

6,645

Central Bank

0

0

Financial Services & Pensions Ombudsman

2

9,077

National Asset Management Agency

1

7,380

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

2

2,970

Tax Appeals Commission

0

0

Question No. 68 answered with Question No. 61.