§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Paymaster General how many officials for whom he has responsibility currently 479W have the power to enter and search premises, subject to statutory conditions; and, in each case, if he will indicate the statutory authority under which power is exercised.
§ Mr. Trippier
There are 2,233 officials for whom I have responsibility who have the power to enter premises under the following legislative provisions:
- Health and Safety at Work &c. Act 1974
- Docks and Harbours Act 1966
- Gas Safety (Rights of Entry) Regulations 1983
- Wages Act 1986
- Social Security Act 1975
- Employment Agencies Act 1973 (as amended by the Employment Protection Act 1975)
Their powers include inspection, examination and investigation but not specifically powers of search.