In April 2009, the second stage of a process to increase merger filing fees was due to be implemented. This dates back to an announcement by the then Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) on 6 January 2006 that merger fees would increase in a two stage process designed to recover the costs incurred by the competition authorities in undertaking their statutory merger control functions.  

Last month, it was announced that the second stage of fee increases was to be delayed as the planned increase would not generate sufficient funds to recover the full cost of operating the merger control regime. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is now consulting on a revised fee structure and should soon release details of the revised merger fees.