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Fines

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) whether any administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies; (253592)

(2) what administrative financial penalties may be levied by his Department and its agencies.

As a matter of general administrative policy the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills does not levy financial penalties against third party organisations or individuals.

However, under the Education (Student Support) (Repayment) Regulations 2000 (as amended), the borrower may be charged a penalty in relation to their income contingent student loan where:

they have failed to provide their home address or name changes within six weeks (£50);

they have failed to comply with an Information Notice which has been served on them (£100);

the borrower has been liable to pay a penalty in respect of an Information Notice and has not paid by the specified date, an additional penalty may be charged (£100).