[F143 Fees and charges.N.I.
(1)The Secretary of State may, with the approval of the Treasury, make and from time to time revise, a scheme prescribing—
(a)fees payable in respect of applications for registration under section 7 or 10 or an authorisation under section 13 or 14;
(b)fees payable in respect of the variation of the registration under section 12 or, as the case may be, in respect of the variation of the authorisation under section 17;
(c)charges payable by a person to whom such a registration relates or to whom such an authorisation has been granted in respect of the subsistence of that registration or authorisation;
and it shall be a condition of any such registration or authorisation that any applicable prescribed charge is paid in accordance with that scheme.
(2)The power to make and revise a scheme under this section, so far as it relates to, or to applications for, authorisations under section 13 which may only be granted by the chief inspector and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food shall not be exercisable without the consent of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
(3)A scheme under this section may, in particular—
(a)provide for different fees or charges to be payable in different cases or circumstances, and
(b)provide for the times at which and the manner in which payments are to be made;
and a scheme may make such incidental, supplementary and transitional provision as appears to the Secretary of State to be appropriate and different schemes may be made and revised for different areas.
(4)The Secretary of State shall so frame a scheme under this section as to secure, so far as practicable, that the amounts payable under it are sufficient, taking one financial year with another, to cover—
(a)the expenditure of the chief inspector and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in exercising their functions under this Act in relation to registrations and authorisations,
(b)the expenditure of the Secretary of State in exercising in relation to Wales such of his functions under this Act in relation to registrations and authorisations as are exercised by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in relation to England.
(5)The Secretary of State shall, on making or revising a scheme under this section, lay a copy of the scheme or of the revisions before each House of Parliament.
(6)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland—
(a)references to the Secretary of State shall have effect as references to the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland,
(b)references to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food shall have effect as references to the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland,
(c)the reference to the Treasury shall have effect as a reference to the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland,
(d)the reference to each House of Parliament shall have effect as a reference to the Northern Ireland Assembly, and
(e)subsection (4)(b) shall be omitted.]
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