Memorandum by the Privy
1998 (S.I. 1998/270)
1998 (S.I. 1998/271)
1. The Joint Committee on Statutory
Instruments has requested an explanation of the increases in fees
charged by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and given
effect by the regulations approved by the above instruments.
2. The new fees (with the previous
fees shown in brackets) and the percentage increases over existing
fees, are as follows:
|Retention fee for UK members
|Retention fee for overseas members
|Retention fee for retired members
|Temporary List registration fee
|foreign candidates examination fee
lower fee is charged in respect of those candidates who do not
sit all four components of the examination.
3. Save for the Commonwealth and
foreign candidates examination fee, all these fees were last increased
with effect from 31 March 1996. The examination fee was last increased
in 1995. All increases take effect from 31 March 1988.
4. The Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons is both a membership body and a statutory registration
authority and has to finance these functions on a non-profit making
basis from fee income. The fees, which are not index-linked, have
to be raised from time to time to take account of increased cost.
It is this that accounts for the increases in the retention fee
for UK members, the registration fee and the restoration fee.
The restoration fee represents the difference between the other
two fees; on this occasion this calculation has yielded an increase
5. The College have also been
concerned to ensure that individual fees match the cost of the
relevant service provided and that there is no cross-subsidy.
Hitherto, registration and retention fees for United Kingdom Veterinary
Surgeons have in effect subsidised the cost of services, particularly
mailings, to overseas and retired members. It is for this reason
that the fees for the two latter categories of member are being
increased by 30% and 50% respectively. Even so, the retention
fees for overseas and retired members (£75 and £20 respectively)
remain modest when compared with that for UK practitioners (£150).
6. A similar principle of recovery
of true economic cost lies behind the increase in the fee for
non-EU overseas qualified persons to sit the College's statutory
examination. This examination contains written, clinical, oral
and practical components, and the College are seeking to recover
the full costs of running the examinations (about £20,000
a year) from a small number of candidates. In the last full year
for which figures are available costs exceeded fees by some £6,000.