§ Miss Quennell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will itemise and quantify the rises in costs to his Department which have occasioned 193W it to raise its charges for marine surveys by up to 96 per cent.
§ Mr. Anthony Grant
As my right hon. Friend announced yesterday, we have now decided to reduce by half for a period of 12 months the charges which were brought in from 1st May, 1971. Increased costs, mainly higher salaries, only partly explain the increases. The main factor is the decision to charge the full cost of providing the services, whereas previously only a fraction of costs was recovered.