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Private Property (Power Of Entry)

Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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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.

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

ServiceNo. of Officers (approx.)
Veterinary service570
Milk, service390
Livestock breeding service90
Safety/Wages70
Infestation control60
Seeds50
Bee disease (seasonal)35
Plant health25
Drainage25
Lime25
Fisheries25
Investigation20
Cereals15
Audit10
Egg packing stations10
Fatstock5
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.