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Departmental Fines

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what powers (a) his Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have to impose administrative penalties; what the statutory basis is for each such power; and how much (i) his Department and its predecessor and (ii) each of its NDPBs have recovered in administrative penalties in each year since the inception of his Department. (309261)

Under the Gas Act 1986 and the Electricity Act 1995, Ofgem is able to impose penalties upon licence holders who breach licence conditions and under the Competition Act 1998 it may impose penalties for breaches of competition law. Details of the penalties Ofgem has imposed on individual companies under these provisions can be found on their website. The following table details the total value of penalties paid since these provisions were introduced in 2000.

Total value of fines paid (£)

2002

2,000,000

2003

200,000

2004

2,100,000

2005

0

2006

0

2007

0

2008

125,000 plus 41,600,000

2009

3,800,000

1 Reduced on appeal to the CAT to £30,000,000; pending decision by court of appeal.

These sums are paid into the consolidated fund.

This apart, the request would involve disproportionate cost to answer in its entirety.