Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-First Report


APPENDIX I

Memorandum by the Department of Trade and Industry

WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY APPARATUS APPROVAL AND EXAMINATION FEES ORDER 1997

(S.I. 1997/3050)

ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY (WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY APPARATUS) CERTIFICATION AND EXAMINATION FEES 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 point:

    "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 reason.

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


 
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