Mr. R. C. Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the total certification fees of the British made HM2 Sidewall Hovercraft consequent upon the introduction of the Hovercraft (Fees) Regulations 1972; and how this compares with the equivalent fees for the Italian made H57 Hydrofoil.
§ Mr. Noble
The fees for a safety certificate for a HM2 hovercraft are now £540 for the initial issue and £432 for annual renewal. A fee based on the 377W actual costs involved is also payable by the manufacturers for issue of a type certificate.
A fee of £147.20 is charged, both initially and for annual renewal, of a ship's passenger certificate for a H57 hydrofoil; this includes, where necessary, a radio certificate. In addition, surveyor's attendance costs abroad, typically some £300, for the initial survey are charged.
The hydrofoil fee does not fully reflect costs and is under consideration.