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Premises (Right Of Entry)

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the right to privacy is sufficiently protected in the present law in so far as it permits officials to enter premises under section 135 of the Factories Act 1961.

Yes. The number of cases covered by this section is minimal and it has not been necessary to use these powers since January 1975.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is satisfied that the right of privacy is sufficiently protected in the present law in so far as it permits officials to enter premises under the Baking Industry (Hours of Work) Act 1954.

Yes. There have been no routine inspections since 1970 because practically all firms have been subject to exemption under section 9 of the Act. During that period a very small number of complaints have been investigated under section 6(2) for the purpose of establishing the facts.