HC Deb 07 March 1986 vol 93 cc307-8W
Mr. Forth

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to increase the fee levels set out in the British Nationality (Fees) Regulations 1984.

Mr. Hurd

Some increases in fees will be necessary in order to meet the forecast costs of dealing with citizenship applications from 1 April 1986. The revised fee levels are as set out:

Present Fees £ New Fees £
Registration (adult or minor) 55 60
Naturalisation on grounds of marriage 55 60
All other naturalisations 160 170

These fee levels include an application fee, which is payable for all applications and which will remain at £10. Other fees payable to the Home Office, for renouncing citizenship and for copy certificates and other documents will also remain at £10. The fee for administering the oath of allegiance, which is payable to the person administering the oath, will be increased from £2 to £3 in order to bring it in line with fees for analogous work under the Commissioners for Oaths (Fees) Order 1984.

The existing arrangements for joint applicants will be unchanged: husbands and wives applying together for

year since the force's foundation; what was the actual strength of the force in each of these years; and if he will express this data as a percentage of the country's population.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The information is as follows:

naturalisation will continue to pay the single fee, as will minor children of the same parent applying together for registration.

The fee levels have been set to provide sufficient income from the applications we expect to deal with next year to meet their forecast costs, after allowing for the cost of unsuccessful applications. These forecasts are summarised in the nationality fees budget income and expenditure account for the year ending 31 March 1987, a copy of which I have placed in the Library.

Regulations amending the British Nationality (Fees) Regulations 1984 are being laid before Parliament today with the intention that the new fee levels should come into operation on 1 April 1986. These will be the first changes in citizenship fees for two years.