HC Deb 21 June 1976 vol 913 cc335-6W
Mr. David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Defence 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. William Rodgers

The Ministry of Defence Police, under the Metropolitan Police Act 1860, as amended and ex- tended, may exercise the full powers and privileges of a constable within 15 miles of a defence establishment in Great Britain in respect of Crown property or of persons subject to Service discipline. A search warrant issued by a justice of the peace is necessary before they may search premises for these purposes without the consent of the occupier.

In Northern Ireland, members of Her Majesty's Forces on duty have certain powers of search and entry under the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1973 and the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) (Amendment) Act 1975.

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