§ Mr. Taverne
I beg to move Amendment No. 4, in page 5, line 41, at the end to insert:and may be so executed by any person to whom it is directed or by any constable".The purpose of this Amendment and of the consequential Amendment No. 7 is to deal with a small loophole in the Bill. It will enable a warrant issued under the Clause, and similarly a warrant issued under Clause 9, to which the second Amendment relates, to be executed not only by the persons to whom it is addressed, but by a constable in any part of the United Kingdom, including the Islands.
It is already possible for any person to whom the warrant is addressed or a constable acting in his police area to execute the warrants in England and Wales under Section 102 (2) of the Magistrates Courts Act, 1952, and in Scotland the position is also covered by Section 39 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act, 1963. No provision exists, however, for warrants to be executed in Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands. This is what the Amendment provides for.
§ Amendment agreed to.