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Volume 32: debated on Thursday 18 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the full costs of issuing (a) shotgun and (b) firearm licences in 1979, 1980, 1981 and so far in 1982; and what information he has to how such costs were made up.

During the period in question only two full surveys of police costs have been undertaken, in 1979 and 1981. The available information is contained in the recent report of the fees review and the letter which my right hon. Friend wrote on 28 July to my hon. Friend the Member for Harborough (Mr. Farr), copies of which were placed in the Library. Information on the other years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.