A move to reduce proposed increases in charges for passport applications and replacement of identity cards is to be made after criticism by politicians. Secretary for Treasury Denise Yu Chung-yee said her bureau would ask the Security Bureau to review the proposed level of increases. The suggested cost of replacing an ID card would be $435, up from $395, a 32-page SAR passport $336 from $280, and a 48-page document $460 from $400. Political parties objected to the proposals, which they said would affect people's livelihood. Immigration Department figures show about 170,000 people lose their ID cards each year. A spokesman for the Security Bureau said it would make a final decision on the recommendation. Subsidiary legislation would be tabled in the new Legislative Council in October. Lawmakers were consulted before the session ended last month on increases in fees and charges for 200 items which the Government said would have little impact on people's livelihood. The increases of 10 to 20 per cent will be implemented soon and will generate $40 to $50 million in revenue each year. Full cost recovery is expected in seven years. Ms Yu said full cost recovery remained the underlying principle guiding government charges. Lawmakers will be consulted later this year on increases in other fees and charges which have been frozen since February 1998 because of the financial crisis. An attempt to increase 3,000 fees and charges, including water charges, by three to five per cent, was thwarted by legislators last June. Former Democratic Party lawmaker Fred Li Wah-ming has said the party would oppose any increase when there was no obvious improvement in the unemployment rate and in the gap between rich and poor.