HC Deb 17 October 1994 vol 248 cc165-6W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the President of the Board of Trade how much grant was given to the National Consumer council for each year since 1987.

recommendations made to me by the Registrar of Companies.

Mr. Morgan

To ask the President of the Board of Trade on what date statutory filing fees at Companies House were reduced; what consultation he has had with his opposite number in the Commission of the European Union in relation to the level of charges for statutory filing; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Neil Hamilton

The new lower fees apply with effect from 1 October 1994. The details and transitional arrangements are set out in the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No. 2217), and the European Economic Interest Grouping (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 (SI 1994 No. 2327). No consultations have taken place with the European Commission.

Mr. Morgan

To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will give the gross percentage year-on-year change in the level of statutory filing fees at Companies House and its net change after deduction of retail price index inflation for each of the past 10 years.

Mr. Neil Hamilton

The main filing fees are for the registration of a new company, the change of name of an existing company, and a company's annual return. There were no changes in these fees in the years between 1975 and 1990, or between 1991 and 1994. Comparisons for each year separately are not therefore appropriate. Fee levels and date changes were introduced as follows.

Date of change Incorporation £ Name Change £ Annual Return £
October 1994 20 20 18
July 1991 50 50 32
July 1990 50 40 25
June 1975 50 40 20

The RPI increase in the ten years to September 1994, the latest month for which data is available, was 61 per cent. This compares with fee changes as follows.

Mr. Ian Taylor

The following table gives the grant-in-aid paid in each year since 1987 to the National Consumer Council:

Year Grant (£)
1987–88 1,800,651
1988–89 1,843,097
1989–90 1,991,334
1990–91 2,225,599
1991–92 2,559,129
1992–93 2,929,827
1993–94 3,138,741


Figures include DTI contribution to NCC staff pension fund.


National Consumer Council Annual Reports 1987/88–1993/94.