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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 Education and Science 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.

Under section 77 of the Education Act 1944, Her Majesty's inspectors of schools inspect and have the right to require admission to all schools and to all maintained institutions of further and higher education; also to voluntary institutions of further and higher education receiving direct grant from my Department.At 1 October 1979 there were 413 of Her Majesty's inspectors in post.Section 77 also provides that other persons may be authorised by the Secretary of State to assist Her Majesty's inspectors and act as additional inspectors.