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Investigations (Seizure Of Documents)

Volume 15: debated on Monday 14 December 1981

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is satisfied that, when investigating officers from his Department enter private premises with a warrant and seize documents, they either return those documents or, if appropriate, prefer charges within a reasonable period of time; what the maximum recorded duration for any such investigation has or will have been; and if he will take steps to limit the duration of the seizure of documents, without the preferment of charges, to a period not exceeding 30 months.