Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations his Department held with community representatives before he announced the proposed new levels of fees for visas and in-country fee levels.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

A public consultation was conducted for an eight week period between 30 October and 22 December. The consultation document was available on the Home Office website and over 3,000 copies were sent to individuals and organisations. Almost 300 documents were sent to community representatives and another 180 were sent to foreign embassies and missions.

340 responses to the consultation document were received in total, of which 10 were from community representative groups and six from foreign embassies.

In addition, we ran 13 sector based stakeholder events with over 400 participants. These included key stakeholders in the heath and social care, education and business sectors, as well as diplomats and representatives of the travel and tourism sector.

A full copy of the publication 'A Response to the Consultation on a New Charging Regime for Immigration and Nationality Fees' can be found on the Home Office website at:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk.

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