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Water Companies: Fines

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which occasions the Office of the Water Regulator imposed penalties on water companies in each of the last three years; what the (a) penalty, (b) company penalised and (c) reason for penalty was in each case; and to what purpose the fines have been put. (179744)

The Water Service Regulation Authority's (Ofwat's) powers to impose financial penalties on water and sewerage companies came into effect on 1 April 2005.

In June 2007, Ofwat fined United Utilities £8.5 million (0.7 per cent. of the company's applicable turnover) for breaching rules governing trading arrangements with associate companies.

All fines are paid into the Consolidated Fund as required by section 22a of the Water Industry Act 1991.