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The Sheep and Goats Identification (Scotland) Regulations 2000

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Powers of inspectors

18.—(1) An inspector—

(a)appointed by the Scottish Ministers shall for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been any contravention of regulation 5 above; or

(b)appointed by a local authority shall for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been any contravention of any regulation other than regulation 5 above,

have the powers set out in paragraph (2) below.

(2) The powers are—

(a)to enter at all reasonable hours any land or premises (other than domestic premises not being used in connection with these Regulations) with or without persons assigned to assist the inspector; in this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft;

(b)to collect, pen and inspect any sheep and goat, and to require the keeper to arrange for its collection, penning and securing;

(c)to require production of and examine any records in whatever form, and to take copies of those records;

(d)to remove and retain any documents and records required to be kept under these Regulations;

(e)to have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with any such records mentioned in sub-paragraphs (c) and (d) above, and to require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford such assistance as that person may reasonably require;

(f)to require, where records are kept by means of a computer, those records to be produced in a visible and legible form in which they may be taken away.

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