Simple answer - most likely. BBC News - Petrol and diesel price review is launched by OFT The OFT are investigating the Oil Industry amid reports that price drops of crude oil are not being passed on to customers at the pump; results of which are expected to be published in January. Nothing new there - and along a similar line to the mortgage companies that were not passing on the full benefit to customers when the BOE lowered their base rates several times a few years ago. But if found guilty, they could face fines of millions of pounds. So if fined - who is the 'fine money' paid to? The government? I'd like to think that whatever the companies were fined would simply be deducted from the prices they charge at the pumps. That way Joe Public would get the benefit (seeing as it's us they've short-changed). After all, the money the oil companies would lose is irrelavent to who they lose it to.