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Ofwat: Fines

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Ian Murray Ian Murray Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) what fines were imposed on businesses by the regulator Ofwat in each financial year from 2006-07 to 2011-12;

(2) what fines were imposed on businesses by the former water regulator, the Office of Water Services, in each financial year from 2000-01 until its transfer to Ofwat.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 18 June 2012

Ofwat has existed since 1989. Its official name was the ‘Office of Water Services’ until 2006, when its official name became the ‘Water Services Regulation Authority’.

Ofwat was first given power to impose financial penalties from 1 April 2005 and before this they ensured compliance through other channels.

Details of Ofwat's current and previous enforcement action is available on the Ofwat website at:

http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/regulating/enforcement/enforcenotices/

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