Angling: Licensing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th April 2017.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the administration costs for issuing fishing rod licenses were in each of the last three years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Over the past three years rod licences have been issued through website sales, telesales, over the counter sales under a contract with the Post Office Limited and a small proportion have been sold through retained agents. It is estimated that the average administration cost for issuing a rod licence is approximately £1.62 per licence.

Since 1 March 2017, the Environment Agency has been providing the website sales and telesales elements in-house, in compliance with the Government Digital Services (GDS) standards. Over the counter services are still being provided by the Post Office but the Environment Agency has now ceased to sell through retained agents.

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