Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirtieth Report


Memorandum by the Lord Chancellor's Department


  (AMENDMENT) RULES 1999 (S.I. 1999/2505)

  1. The Lord Chancellor's Department submits this memorandum in response to the request dated 27 October 1999 on the point set out below.

  The fee increases provided for in Rule 2 amount to 50% and 150% (respectively) over a period of 5 years (since the 1994 Rules came into force). Explain the reason(s) for these increases.

  2. The work on Enduring Powers of Attorney is a discrete area of the Public Trust Office and the proposed fee changes do no more than bring income directly into line with the cost of the activities. The fees had not changed since 1990 and costs at that time were set on a cash basis, whereas current accounting conventions require costs to be set on an accrual basis thus including all notional and other indirect costs. The Public Trust Office is required to remove cross subsidies wherever possible and without this change the activity would need to be subsidised from fees from other areas of the Office.

29 October 1999

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