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Angling: Licensing

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much was received from the purchase of fishing rod licences in each of the last five years; (138880)

(2) what the cost of collecting rod licence fees was in each of the last five years, broken down by type of cost.

Details on how much money was received in each of the last five years is given in the table below:

Rod licence income (£ million)

2002-03

16.1

2003-04

17.7

2004-05

18.6

2005-06

19.7

2006-07

20.5

It is not appropriate to provide details relating to the cost of collecting rod licences at this point because this information is commercially in confidence. The Environment Agency are currently in the middle of procuring a contractor to sell rod licences from April 2009.

The Environment Agency can, however, say that the total costs for collecting licences (commission, printing, systems development, administration etc.) is less than 10 per cent. of the income brought in.