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Well, in a sense I sort of foreshadowed some of what's written down in that section in something that I said before about problems if they are -- if the regulator and the ombudsman are of a sort of a different nature in terms that one is underpinned by statute and one is not. I think they need to be broadly of equivalent underlying structure.

As far as the ombudsman was concerned, the ombudsman's role would be to provide appropriate redress for the person, if the case was upheld, for the person who had been badly treated, but that would not extend to anything punitive, and if it was felt that a sanction was necessary, particularly if there had been regular recurrence of a similar problem, then that would be reported to the regulator and would be for the regulator and not the ombudsman to deal with.

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