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Ofcom: Fines

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what arrangements Ofcom makes for payments from organisations it has fined; and within what period of time penalised parties are required to make payment; (254379)

(2) how many organisations Ofcom has fined in each year since its inception; how much it has imposed in fines in each such year; and how much it has imposed in fines in 2009 to date;

(3) what estimate Ofcom has made of the monetary value of fines it expects to (a) recoup and (b) remit in the next 12 months;

(4) within what period and upon what terms organisations fined by Ofcom are required to make payment.

The matters raised are the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive’s letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.