§ Mr. Freud
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list those licences issued by local authorities where no discretion is allowed for making or varying charges for the issue and renewal of such licences.
§ Mr. Oakes
The following instances have been identified:
- (a)There is now power to make a charge in respect of licences for the retailing of milk under the Milk (Special Designation) Regulations 1963.
- (b)The amount of the charge is fixed by law in the case of:
- Town Police Clauses Act 1847, Section 46 (Local Government Act 1966, Section 35(2))—Fees for hackney carriage driver's licence: power for Minister to vary, LGA 1966.
- Theatres Act 1968, Schedule 1, paragraph 3(1)—Prescription of fees for theatre licences.
- Rag Flock and Other Filling Materials Act 1951, Sections 2(1), 6(1), 7(1)—Licensing and registration of premises.
- Game Licences Act 1860, Sections 2, 7, 13—Fees for licence to kill game; gamekeeper's licence; game dealer's licence: Power for Minister to vary, LGA 1966.
- Pawnbrokers Act 1872, Section 37—Fee for pawnbroker's licence: Power for Minister to vary, LGA 1966.
- Moneylenders Act 1927, Section 1—Fee for moneylender's licence. Power for Minister to vary, LGA 1966.
- Dog Licences Act 1959, Section 1—Annual duty payable for dog licence. Power for Minister to vary, LGA 1966.
- Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, Section 1—Fee for licence for dog breeding establishments. Power for Secretary of State to vary fee.
In other cases the amount of the charge for the licence is at the discretion of the local authority, although in many instances subject to a maximum figure laid down in the relevant statute or by regulation.