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Third roofing cartel smashed

Six roofing contractors in western Scotland have been fined almost £260,000 by the Office of Fair Trading for price fixing.
The ring is the third of its kind uncovered by the OFT. A 10-strong cartel was broken up and handed £560,000 in fines in March. Last year a nine-strong roofing cartel in the West Midlands was also smashed, leading to a series of fines totalling £300,000.

The OFT found that the six Scottish firms agreed to fix the prices of flat roofing services between 2000 and 2002 through collusive tendering. They were fined almost £260,000, reduced to about £138,000 for leniency to the whistleblowers.

Paisley-based firm Pirie was granted 100 per cent leniency because it was the first party to volunteer information in connection with the OFT's ongoing investigation. WG Walker and Company was also granted 45 per cent leniency and fined £41,907

Advanced Roofing was fined £1,963, Geo. Brolly & Co was hit with a £22,239 fine, Bonnington Contracts £45,187 and McKay Roofing £27,219.

The contracts affected were for felt and single ply flat roofing services.

OFT chairman Sir John Vickers said: 'Collusive tendering deprives customers of the benefits of competition. In this case a hospital, school and council taxpayers were disadvantaged by these anti-competitive agreements.'