Defra has launched a full fee recovery National Listing and Plant Breeders' Rights consultation for the National Listing of new varieties and UK Plant Breeders’ Rights services it provides.
The cost of providing such statutory services is estimated by Defra to be £0.34 million. Income is estimated at £1.25 million, and costs of providing the services are estimated at £1.59
million for 2014.
The options under consideration are:
- Maintain the status quo, no increase in fees
- Increase fees to achieve full cost recovery in 2014
- Phased fee increases to reach full cost recovery in 2016.
The deadline for responses is 10 January 2014. Further information and documents can be found at https://consult.defra.gov.uk/farming/national-listing-and-plantbreeders-rights-consult.