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Probate: Fees and Charges

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th March 2016.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Labour, Bishop Auckland

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much accrued to the public purse in probate charges in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15.

Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Labour, Bishop Auckland

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the annual cost to HM Revenue and Customs is of administering probate.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister for Equalities (Department for Education), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for administering probate.

The amount of fee income accrued to the public purse in probate fee charges (after remission) increased from £19m in 2013/14 to £41.5m in 2014/15 following fee increases introduced in April 2014.

The annual cost to the Ministry of Justice of administering probate in 2014/15 was £42.5m.

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