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Rural Development (Financial Assistance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008

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9.—(1) An authorised person may at all reasonable times, on producing, if so required, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, enter on any land, other than land used solely for the purpose of a dwelling-house—

(a)to which an application or approved operation relates; or

(b)on which he has reasonable grounds to believe that documents or equipment relating to an application or approved operation are being kept,

for any of the purposes mentioned in paragraph (2).

(2) The purposes referred to in paragraph (1) are—

(a)inspecting the land or equipment to which the application or approved operation relates;

(b)verifying the accuracy of any information provided by an applicant or beneficiary relating to an application or approved operation; and

(c)determining whether or not a beneficiary has complied with the conditions of an approval.

(3) An authorised person who has entered any land under paragraph (1) may—

(a)inspect the land and any document, record or equipment on it which he reasonably believes relates to an application or approved operation;

(b)require the applicant or beneficiary, or any employee, servant or agent of such applicant or beneficiary, to produce, or secure the production of, any document or supply any additional information in his possession or under his control relating to the application or approved operation, as the case may be;

(c)where any document or other record relating to any application or approved operation is kept by means of a computer, have access to any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with that document or record;

(d)require copies of or extracts from any such document or other record to be produced;

(e)seize and retain any document or other record which he reasonably believes may be required as evidence in proceedings under these Regulations, and if it is recorded otherwise than in a form in which it is legible or can be taken away, require it to be produced in a form in which it is legible or in which it can be taken away.

(4) An applicant or beneficiary or any employee, servant or agent of such applicant or beneficiary shall give an authorised person all reasonable assistance in relation to the matters specified in paragraphs (1) to (3).

(5) An authorised person entering any land under paragraph (1) may take with him such other persons as he considers necessary and paragraphs (3) and (4) shall apply to such persons when acting under the instructions of an authorised person as if they were authorised persons.

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