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Environment Agency Fees

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide a breakdown of the Environment Agency's fee of £108 per hour for chargeable pre-application advice on Operator Performance and Risks Appraisal to show the amounts calculated by the agency to consist of (a) salaries of the account manager, (b) employers' costs, (c) admin support, (d) management and specialist expertise, (e) accommodation, (f) IT, (g) other support services, (h) corporate costs and (i) depreciation and rate of return. [110221]

The level of application charge for Pollution Prevention and Control permits assumes that a maximum of 15 hours of direct staff time will be spent on pre-application discussions. The costs of any additional pre-application advice are recovered at the rate of £108 per hour of adviser's time. In some circumstances, the Environment Agency may waive this fee: if, for example, a pre-application discussion breaks new ground that would benefit applicants more widely. The breakdown, calculated in accordance with the HM Treasury Fees and Charges Guide, is as follows:

Direct costs
Salary of account manager (adviser)32
Employer's contributions (national insurance and pensions)6
Direct administrative support2
Management and specialist supporting expertise19
Infrastructure and policy costs
Other support services17
Policy development5
Other corporate costs10
Depreciation and rate of return3