Memorandum from the Department of Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs
REGULATIONS 2002 (S.I. 2002/1677)
1. The Committee has requested a memorandum on the
above instrument on the following point:
Explain the reasons for the fee increases made
by this instrument, given that the fees were previously increased
with effect from 1 December 2001.
2. The Department's usual policy is to increase fees
for plant breeders' rights in July each year. This year's fees
increase is therefore in line with normal practice. However, last
year's fees increase was late: it did not take effect until 1
December 2001 because of delays in scheduling the necessary plenary
debate in the National Assembly for Wales.
3. The late increase of fees was a contributory factor
to the increased deficit incurred in the administration of plant
breeders' rights by the Department in 2001/02. Whilst this year's
fees increase will improve cost recovery levels, it is expected
that the Department will continue to operate at a deficit in the
administration of plant breeders' rights.
19 July 2002