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Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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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.

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

Naturalisation Fees: Changes
April 197540
October 197670
March 197885



April 197990
April 1980150
April 1982200
April 1984160
April 1986170

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


April 198455
April 198660

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.