Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifth Report


Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


  1. The Committee has requested a memorandum concerning the above Regulations in the following terms:

    The Explanatory Note states that the Regulations revise the amounts of the fees to take account of inflation "and other factors". Elaborate upon this justification for the increases specified in the Schedule, with particular reference to the new fees specified in items 1, 2(1), 2(2) and 9(a)(ii).

  2. The range of fees and charges applied is designed to reflect the average cost of processing various application types to ensure that the full cost of evaluation work is recovered from applicants. Fees and charges are reviewed every year.

  3. The fees rates have remained unchanged since 11 July 1994 and as a result fees were increased by 2% to allow for inflation. The new fees specified in items 1, 2(1) and 2(2) reflect this increase.

  4. As part of the review it was established that the costs of processing applications for new or novel uses, which require consultation with other regulatory Departments, were considerably higher than those for other applications within the same evaluation stream. The fee specified in item 9(a)(ii) has been introduced to reflect this higher cost.

  5. Paragraph 2.77 of the Statutory Instruments Practice requires simply that the extent of the increase be shown, either in the Instrument or the Explanatory Note. It was for this reason that this more detailed justification was not provided in the earlier text.

23rd June 1997

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