The government should review the collection of air passenger departure taxes and fuel surcharges, which are the responsibility of airlines but are collected by travel agents on their behalf, a travel industry group says. The collection mechanism is a long-standing issue for travel agents because the government only compensates airlines, not agents, for costs incurred in the collection of fees. At a meeting of a Legislative Council panel on economic development, the chief executive of the Concern Group of Travel Industry in Hong Kong, Tim Lee, also said the government should halt fuel surcharges from April 1. Travel agents are seeking to recover administration costs from the government relating to their collection of various fees for airlines over the past six years. Costs were estimated at 7 per cent of the fees collected, Mr Lee said. But Stephen Kwok Kwai-yuen, assistant director general of civil aviation responsible for air services, said that because airlines were responsible for the various fees, they should be reimbursed for costs. The government pays airlines 2.322 per cent of the total fees collected. Ronnie Ho Pak-ting, chairman of the Travel Industry Council, noted that fees were often paid in foreign currencies, which could mean losses for the agents. James Tong, an executive committee member of the Board of Airline Representatives in Hong Kong, said the government 'should review the present level of administrative fee'.