Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Seventeenth Report


APPENDIX I

Memorandum by the Department of Trade and Industry

MEASURING INSTRUMENTS (EEC REQUIREMENTS) (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1999 (S.I. 1999/861)

  1. In the letter dated 21 April 1999 from the Commons Clerk of the Committee, the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has requested a Memorandum from the Department on the following point:

    As the Explanatory Note indicates, new paragraph 2A of Schedule 4 (inserted by regulation 2(d)) restores the fee in respect of variation or amendment, on request, of an approval and increases the fixed fee to £130 (an increase of £30 from that previously payable until 1 June 1998). Explain the reason for this substantial increase.

  2. The above Regulations amended the Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Fees) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/1177) (the principal Regulations). The principal Regulations consolidated with amendments, with effect from 1 June 1998, the Measuring Instruments (EEC Requirements) (Fees) Regulations 1993 S.I. 1993/798 (as amended) and, in particular, increased the fixed fee payable for the services described in paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations i.e. in respect of services provided by the Department with regard to non-automatic weighing instruments in relation to the designation of approved bodies. The principal Regulations increased the fixed fee for those services to £260 (previously £200) which was the first increase in this fixed fee since 9 April 1993.

  3. The fixed fee in respect of the services provided by the Department in relation to the variation or amendment, on request, of an approval of a body for the purposes of regulation 9(4) of the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments (EEC Requirements) Regulations 1995, prior to 1 June 1998, was half of that payable for the services described in paragraph 1(a) of Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations. Accordingly, when introducing paragraph 2A of Schedule 4 to the principal Regulations by way of the amendment made by the above Regulations, it was considered to be appropriate to maintain that proportion in respect of the fixed fee for such services. This is the first increase in this fixed fee since its introduction (by S.I. 1995/1376) with effect from 1 July 1995.

26 April 1999


 
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