§ Lord HOUGHTON of SOWERBY asked Her Majesty's Government:
§ Whether they will enumerate the Acts of Parliament, including the relevant sections thereof, which give civil servants power to enter, by force if necessary, private business premises and dwellinghouses; and state the number of occasions when forcible entry has been made by civilian officials during any recent period for which the information is available.
§ Lord JACQUES
Officers of Customs and Excise have carefully delineated powers of entry, using force if necessary, for the purposes of detection and prevention of tax evasion and smuggling, under the provisions of the following Acts of Parliament:
§ Customs and Excise officers have found it necessary to use their powers of forcible entry only in isolated cases, most of which concerned the smuggling of prohibited drugs.