About 200 government fees and charges are earmarked to rise and 30 to fall in the first review of fees since they were frozen seven years ago. The increases are aimed at recovering costs. The cost of an hour's exercise on a basketball court in the morning would rise from $27 to $31 and the cost of the same session on a badminton court from $41 to $47. But a two-hour session at the Tai Po Community Centre's exhibition hall would fall to $54 from $62.50. Fees at 78 community centres and halls will be changed. Planned fee increases outlined by the government to Legco's home affairs panel yesterday are as high as 20 per cent and the cuts as much as 82 per cent. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher told the panel the government would only raise fees and charges not directly related to people's livelihoods. It would also reduce fees when income exceeded costs. The review of fees would raise an extra $141,000 a year. It will be implemented after the Legislative Council passes the proposals outlined in the panel meeting yesterday. Changes in the licensing fees for hotels range from a 7 per cent cut to an increase of 15 per cent, depending on the years of licence and the number of hotel rooms. The cost of registering a newspaper will fall 13 per cent from $785 to $680. 'We have been freezing these fees and charges for years,' Mr Fisher said. 'However, there is a discrepancy between what we charge and the cost.' Mr Fisher said the government had to abide by the 'user-pays' principle. 'We would try to impose rises in phases,' he said. 'Hopefully we will be able to recover the costs of all the items within 10 years.'