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It's useful, very useful. As with all sanctions, whether they are statutory sanctions or not, they are vital for ensuring that those who might be tempted to push the boundaries don't do so out of fear of what might happen if they did and the deterrent effect of sanctions, I'm convinced, secures a huge amount more compliance than the actual application of sanctions. If you have your sanctions right -- Ed Richards referred to an armoury of sanctions but if you have an escalating series of sanctions which can be applied, then what any good regulator or good self-regulator, good complaints handling body will do is make sure they threaten the sanction before they apply it and we tend to find certainly that eight or nine times out of ten if we threaten a sanction we get compliance. We don't have to deploy it.

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