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The Marketing of Fruit Plant and Propagating Material (Scotland) Regulations 2017

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1.—(1) An inspector may, on producing a duly authenticated authorisation if so required, enter any premises in Scotland of a supplier, at any reasonable time, if the inspector reasonably suspects that any activity to which these Regulations apply is being carried out on those premises, for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is, or has been, any contravention of these Regulations.

(2) An inspector entering premises under sub-paragraph (1) may—

(a)be accompanied by—

(i)such other persons as the inspector considers necessary; and

(ii)any representative of the European Commission acting for the purpose of the enforcement of a European Union obligation;

(b)take onto those premises any equipment or materials that the inspector considers necessary for the enforcement of these Regulations;

(c)open any container;

(d)carry out any searches, inspections, measurements and tests;

(e)take samples;

(f)have access to, and inspect, any books, documents or records (in whatever form they are held) relating to these Regulations and remove them to enable them to be copied;

(g)photograph or copy anything, the production of which the inspector has the power to require under head (f);

(h)photograph anything which the inspector has reasonable cause to believe may be relevant in connection with the enforcement of these Regulations; and

(i)seize any computers and associated equipment for the purpose of copying documents, provided that they are returned as soon as practicable.

(3) Any person who accompanies an inspector in accordance with this paragraph may perform any of the inspector’s functions but only under the supervision of that inspector.

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