HC Deb 10 July 1961 vol 644 cc7-8W
Mr. McAdden

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many officials of his Department are authorised to enter private residential and landed property without the necessity of obtaining the owner's or occupier's permission.

Mr. Soames

Officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food authorised by statute to enter land or buildings thereon without obtaining consent are as follows:

Service No. of Officers (approx.)
Veterinary service 570
Milk, service 390
Livestock breeding service 90
Safety/Wages 70
Infestation control 60
Seeds 50
Bee disease (seasonal) 35
Plant health 25
Drainage 25
Lime 25
Fisheries 25
Investigation 20
Cereals 15
Audit 10
Egg packing stations 10
Fatstock 5

A few other officers may from time to time be issued with temporary entry permits for specific tasks.

The only officers who are authorised, provided they give reasonable notice, to enter private dwellings, are the 90 in the Safety/Wages and Investigation groups, mainly for examining books.

In addition veterinary surgeons in private practice, who may be appointed by the Minister to act as local veterinary inspectors, are authorised to enter land or buildings thereon in order to carry out some of the duties of a veterinary inspector under the Disease of Animals Act.