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Departmental Staff (Powers Of Entry)

Volume 972: debated on Thursday 25 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 following Home Office officials are authorised to enter premises in the circumstances specified in the relevant legislation:person who has died whilst in custody in a police station since 1970, what is the name of the person, the police station where the death occurred, the date of death, the cause of death as stated on the death certificate: and, in each case, whether the death is classified as from natural or non-natural causes or suicide.

I will write to the hon. Member with such information as can be readily obtained.