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Powers of Entry

Volume 699: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which government departments have powers of entry under the Acts set out in Schedule 1 to the Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL]. [HL1711]

I refer the noble Lord to my letter to him dated 25 January 2008 in which I set out the contents of our meeting on 24 January. In that correspondence, I indicated that the Government had commissioned a programme of work to review powers of entry.

I indicated in the letter, a copy of which was placed in the Library, that phase one of the work would entail identifying all powers of entry, how they can be exercised, by whom and the level of authorisation required. I advised that we aim to complete that work by the end of May 2008. The information requested will not be available until then.