§ Mr. David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list every different circumstance in which officials of his Department, and of all public bodies ultimately answerable to himself, have search and entry powers into either the homes or the business premises of British citizens, with in each case reference to the appropriate statutory authority for the exercise of such powers.
§ Mr. John Morris
None of my officials has such powers, but I am empowered under various statutes to authorise entry upon land and premises for the purposes of survey or inspection. It is not practicable satisfactorily to cover all the possible circumstances in which these powers might be used: they are contained in the following statutes:
- Community Land Act 1975, Schedule 4, paragraph 20(1).
- Community Land Act 1975, Schedule 4. paragraph 20(2).
- Highways Act 1971, Sections 64 and 65.
- Road Traffic Regulations Act 1967, Section 63.
- Welsh Development Agency Act 1975, Section 23.
- Town and Country Planning Act 1971, Section 280.
- Nursing Homes (Registration and Records) Regulations 1974—Statutory Instrument No. 22.
- Medicine Act, 1968, Sections 111 and 112.
Medicines (Standard Provisions for licences and certificates) Amendment Regulations 1972—Statutory Instrument 1226 (Regulations 5 and 6).