§ Mr. Beith
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the fees charged for registration and naturalisation of aliens; what is the proportion by which that fee has been abated; and if he will publish the work sheets which form the basis of the calculation of costs to the police.
§ Mr. Waddington
The current fees are in the schedule to the British Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1986. Fees are set to recover the full cost of processing applications, except for those which are not successful where applicants pay on average less than 10 per cent. of the full cost. Police costs are derived from information provided by police forces about the actual cost of dealing with the inquiries which are referred to them. We do not propose to publish all the detailed workings, but the cost of police work, together with the work of the immigration service, has been published in the nationality fees memorandum and trading account for 1985–86, a copy of which is in the Library.