HL Deb 19 February 1998 vol 586 cc342-3

(" .—(1) A warrant issued under section 28 must indicate

  1. (a) the subject matter and purpose of the investigation;
  2. (b) the nature of the offences created by sections 41 to 43.

(2) The powers conferred by section 28 are to be exercised on production of a warrant issued under that section.

(3) If there is no one at the premises when the named officer proposes to execute such a warrant he must, before executing it

  1. (a) take such steps as are reasonable in all the circumstances to inform the occupier of the intended entry; and
  2. (b) if the occupier is informed, afford him or his legal or other representative a reasonable opportunity to be present when the warrant is executed.

(4) If the named officer is unable to inform the occupier of the intended entry he must, when executing the warrant, leave a copy of it in a prominent place on the premises.

(5) In this section— named officer" means the officer named in the warrant; and occupier", in relation to any premises, means a person whom the named officer reasonably believes is the occupier of those premises.").

The noble Lord said: My Lords, I spoke to Amendment No. 115 when we debated Amendment No. 102. I beg to move.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 30 [Decisions following an investigation]

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie moved Amendment No. 116: Leave out Clause 30 and insert the following new clause—