Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Eleventh Report


Memorandum by the Department of Trade and Industry


1. The Committee has requested a memorandum to "explain the basis on which Fee No. 7 in the Schedule (25 for a certified copy of, or extract from, any record) has been calculated."

2. The above Regulations are made at the same time as amendments to the Companies (Fees) Regulations 1991 (SI 1998 No. 3088) and are designed to align EEIG fees with those for similar services provided for companies. EEIG information is recorded and disseminated using the same systems and procedures as that for companies information, and the unit cost calculation is therefore the same for each.

3. The provision of certified copies, or extracts from, documents is a highly labour intensive activity, requiring individual handling and certification of each copy.

4. In 1997/8, 16,000 certified copies of documents were issued by Companies House at a total cost of 378,000 and the unit cost is thus calculated to be 23.63. The fee of 25 anticipates a predicted further rise in unit costs in the current year.

18 February 1999

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