Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fifteenth Report


Memorandum by the Home Office


  Explain the reasons for the substantial increases in the fees prescribed in 1996 for the grant of a special hours certificate and for declaring the provisional grant of such a certificate final.

  When fees were set for the two licensing functions mentioned, which were introduced by the Deregulation (Special Hours Certificates) Order 1996, the level of the fees was set to conform with the fee levels for all other liquor licensing fees. As a consequence, although the fees themselves are of recent origin, their position in value terms is on all fours with other fees prescribed by the Licensing Act 1964, and should be kept in line with the levels of those other fees.

  It would have been possible to set the original level of these two fees at a value which approximated much closer to the levels in the instrument before Parliament. The Home Office view is that it would be undesirable to begin to set fees for licensing functions other than on a common basis. In the present case, the result would have been to have two fees, for one relatively minor and one very minor procedure, which for the time being would have been far in excess of the levels for other licensing matters, including those prime functions under the Act such as initial grant of a liquor licence.

24th November 1997

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