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Energy Act 2013

Section 101: Fees

467.Subsection (1) enables the Secretary of State, by regulations, to make provision for fees to be payable in connection with the performance of the ONR’s functions under the relevant statutory provisions and under regulations made under section 80 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001. This power supplements those found in section 43 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which enable regulations to be made for the payment of fees in connection with the ONR’s performance of its functions under that Act and section 24A of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965, which provides for the recovery of costs incurred in connection with nuclear site licence activities and nuclear safety research. The power will therefore be additional to the existing cost recovery powers, in section 43 and section 24A of the Acts identified above, and will increase ONR’s capacity to recover its costs.

468.Regulations made under this power must either specify the fee’s amount or the process by which the fee will be determined. Fees under the regulations could be determined, for example, by reference to a daily or hourly rate specified in the regulations or by reference to the reasonable costs of performing the function or carrying out the relevant work (see subsection (2)).

469.Regulations made under this section cannot require a fee to be paid by anyone in the capacity of four specified categories of person: an employee; a person seeking employment; a person training for employment; or a person seeking training for employment (see subsection (4)).

470.The power contained in this section provides for fees recovery only and any exercise of this power will be required to follow government guidelines on the setting of fees.

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