§ Lord Marlesford
asked Her Majesty's Government:
On what date the charge for a game licence was last increased; and what the present charge would be if it were to be increased by the change in the consumer price index since that date. [HL201]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)
The duty payable for game licences was last changed in 1968 by a Treasury Order (SI 1968/120) and by virtue of the Decimal Currency Act 1969 (s10(1)). The effect was to increase the cost of licences stipulated in the Game Licences Act 1860 by 100 per cent.
An annual licence to kill game currently costs £6. If it were to be increased by the change in the consumer (retail) price index since 1968 it would now cost £65.55 (data provided by the Office for National Statistics).