HC Deb 14 May 1987 vol 116 cc275-6W
Mr. Beith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the changes in the fee charged for naturalisation of an alien since 1975 indicating what proportion of the costs of the scheme were intended to be borne by the changes at each stage at which they were increased.

Mr. Hurd

The changes in the fee charged for naturalisation since 1975 are as follows:

Naturalisation Fees: Changes
Date £
April 1975 40
October 1976 70
March 1978 85

Date £
April 1979 90
April 1980 150
April 1982 200
April 1984 160
April 1986 170

A separate fee of £70 was charged for the naturalisation of the spouse of a British citizen from January 1983. The changes in this fee since then were as follows:

Naturalisation Fees: Spouse of British Citizen
Date £
April 1984 55
April 1986 60

In the years up to 1980 the fees charged were forecast to recover about 50 per cent. of the costs of dealing with the application. From 1982, fee levels have been set to recover the full cost of processing successful applications.

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