Memorandum by the Department
of Trade and Industry
REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997/3051)
1. By letter from the Commons
Clerk of the Committee dated 21 January 1998, the Joint Committee
on Statutory Instruments asked for a memorandum on the following
"Schedule 1 to each instrument
(calculation of examination fees) provides that the amount to
be included in the examination fee shall be £66 per hour
taken in conducting the examination, subject to a specified minimum
and maximum amount. Schedule 3 to each instrument (calculations
of variable fees) provides that the amount to be included in the
variable fee is to be the sum of certain costs, including £41
per hour for time spent in conducting the examination. Explain
why different hourly rates are specified in the Schedules for
the time spent in conducting examinations."
2. The different hourly rates
in Schedules 1 and 3 to each instrument are for the following
3. Schedule 1 to each instrument
(calculation of examination fees) provides for a fee of £66
per hour. This is for the testing and inspection of apparatus.
This testing and inspection would be carried out using the Radiocommunications
Agency's own testing facilities and the fee has therefore been
calculated taking account of the cost of the facilities used as
well as the officer involved.
4. Schedule 3 to each instrument
(calculation of variable fees) provides for a fee of £41
per hour. This is for the determination of an application which
requires a visit (usually to the applicant) before radio equipment
can be approved for use in the UK. As the Radiocommunications
Agency's own testing facilities are not used in this case only
the cost of the officer is taken into account.
5. The Radiocommunications Agency
believes that it will be clear to those to whom the Regulations
apply what the meanings of "Examination fees" and "Approval
fees" are and what the relevant Schedules mean. It is unlikely
to be the cause of any confusion in the Radiocommunications industry.
23rd January 1998