§ '(2A) Any person who—
- (a) being a person for the time being in charge of any premises, vehicle or vessel, fails without reasonable excuse to permit a constable or an authorised officer of a licensing authority or a fire authority who, in pursuance of subsection (1) above, demands to do so to enter or inspect the premises, vehicle or vessel or obstructs the entry thereto of a constable or such an officer, in pursuance of that subsection;
- (b) being a person in respect of whom powers are exercised under subsection (1) above on being required under that subsection to do so by a constable or an authorised officer of the licensing authority or the fire authority, fails without reasonable excuse to produce any equipment, plant apparatus or stock-in-trade or to permit a constable or such an officer, in pursuance of that subsection to inspect any equipment, plant, apparatus or stock-in-trade;
- (c) being a holder of a licence, on being required by a constable or an authorised officer of the licensing authority or the fire authority, in pursuance of subsection (1) above to produce any records or other document required by or under this Part of Part II of this Act to be kept by the holder of a licence, fails without reasonable excuse to produce them;
Mr. Deputy Speaker
With this it will be convenient to take Government amendments Nos. 31 to 39 and No. 100.
§ Mr. Stewart
These are primarily drafting amendments which re-order the offence provisions in the Bill in a way that was helpfully suggested by the hon. Member for Glasgow Garscadden (Mr. Dewar).
§ Mr. Dewar
We are now making satisfactory progress. I am grateful for Government amendment No. 31, which regulates the time within which documents and licences have to be produced. In the Bill as drafted, the phrase was "a reasonable time". I made the point in Committee that it would be a good thing to bring it into line with the 1121 provisions of the Road Traffic Act for producing driving licences and insurance documents. The Government have tabled amendment No. 31 and inserted five days. I welcome that as it brings certainty to the procedures.
§ Amendment agreed to.
§ Amendments made: No. 31, in page 3, line 22, leave out 'a reasonable time' and insert '5 days'.
No. 32, in page 3, line 23, at end insert—
'(3A) Any person who, having been required under subsection (3) above to produce a licence, fails without reasonable excuse to do so within the period of 5 days specified in that subsection shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £25'.—[Mr. Allan Stewart.]