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Departmental Officials (Powers Of Entry)

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how many of the officials for whom he is responsible have the power to enter premises, subject to statutory conditions; and if in each case he will indicate the statutory authority under which such power is exercised.

The number of officials for whom the Secretary of State is responsible and who have the power to enter premises subject to statutory conditions are as follows:

Pipelines inspectors16
Regulation 3(1) of the Submarine Pipelines (Inspectors etc.) Regulations 1977.
Diving inspectors5
Mineral working inspectors16
Internal audit officers4
Pipeline permit holders for gas standards branch13
Section 6 of the Petroleum (Production) Act 1934 and under that section as applied by section 1 of the Continental Shelf Act 1964.
Gas examiners24
Section 26 of the Gas Act 1972, Electricity meter examiners13
Section 51 of the schedule to the Electric Lighting Clauses Act 1899 as amended by the Electricity Supply Meters Act 1936 and the Electricity Act 1947.

(iii) capital grants for reseeding of grassland and laying down of permanent pasture.

These arrangements should go some way to alleviating the serious situation that now exists in these areas as a consequence of exceptionally adverse weather over a long period.

195 fee paid gas examiners—part time—are also appointed by the Secretary of State in pursuance of his powers under section 26(2) of the Gas Act 1972.