Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS (FEES) (AMENDMENT)
REGULATIONS 1997 (S.I. 1997/884)
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
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
23rd June 1997