S.I. 2003/1871: memorandum from
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Consular Fees Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1871)
1. The Committee raised the following points on the
Explain why the Explanatory Note does not indicate
the old fees or the amount or scale of the increase.
Indicate the fees which have been increased, setting
out the previous fees and the new fees, and explain the reasons
for the increase.
The Explanatory Note states that the Order decreases
certain passport fees. Identify those fees.
2. It was felt that too many changes were made for
inclusion in the Explanatory Note. An Explanatory Memorandum should
have been provided instead. This is now attached.
3. The Committee also raised the following point
on the above Order:
In relation to applications made in person in
the United Kingdom for a passport of 48 pages, explain why two
different fees (£71 and £84.50) are specified in new
Fee 13(b)(i) and (ii) for "using the fast-track service".
Should "fast-track service" in (ii) have read "fast-track
4. It should. This was a mistake and will be corrected
at the first opportunity.
5. The above Order amends the Consular Fees (No.2)
Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/3132) in order to increase certain
passport fees: Fee 12(a)(i) from £33 to £45; Fee 12(a)(ii)
from £19 to £25; Fee 12(b)(i) from £63 to £70;
Fee 12(b)(ii) from £49 to £60; Fee 12(b)(v) from £78
to £89; Fee 12(b)(vi) from £64 to £71; Fee 12(c)(i)
from £54.50 to £56.50; Fee 12(c)(ii) from £34.70
to £36.50; Fee 13(a) from £40 to £54.50; Fee 13(b)(i)
from £70 to £71; Fee 13(b)(iii) from £85 to £95.50;
Fee 13(c) from £65.20 to £67.70; Fee 15 from £45
to £46.90; Fee 19 from £33.90 to £35.50. The increases
are necessary to recover administrative costs.
6. Certain passport fees are decreased: former Fees
15(a), 15(b) and 16, which are withdrawn.
7. The Order also introduces a fast-track collect
service as an alternative to the fast-track and premium services.