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Volume 281: debated on Wednesday 17 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the licences issued by his Department; for what purpose they are issued; and what are the administrative costs involved for each. [37597]

[holding answer 16 July 1996]: The Home Office is responsible for a large number of licensing regimes; in most cases, the licences themselves are issued not by the Department but by bodies such as the Gaming Board, licensing justices, local authorities and the police.A list of Home Office issued licences and, where available, their administrative costs are as follows:

  • (a) Possession of prohibited weapons authority. Details of administrative costs, which are shared with the police, are not available.
  • (b) Licences to regulate the supply, etcetera of controlled drugs and precursor chemicals. The total administrative cost to the Home Office for 1996–97 will be $481,000.
  • (c) Licences under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. The total annual cost of the administrative and licensing system is £2.3 million.
  • (d) Licences for the removal of human remains. Licences are administered free of charge and administrative costs are not available.