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(1)For the purpose of obtaining—
(a)any information which [F1the Executive] needs for the discharge of its functions; or
(b)any information which an enforcing authority needs for the discharge of the authority’s functions,
[F1the Executive] may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, serve on any person a notice requiring that person to furnish to [F1the Executive] or, as the case may be, to the enforcing authority in question such information about such matters as may be specified in the notice, and to do so in such form and manner and within such time as may be so specified.
In this subsection “consent” includes a general consent extending to cases of any stated description.
(2)Nothing in section 9 of the M1Statistics of Trade Act 1947 (which restricts the disclosure of information obtained under that Act) shall prevent or penalise—
(a)the disclosure by a Minister of the Crown to F2. . . the Executive of information obtained under that Act about any undertaking within the meaning of that Act, being information consisting of the names and address of the persons carrying on the undertaking, the nature of the undertaking’s activities, the numbers of persons of different descriptions who work in the undertaking, the addresses or places where activities of the undertaking are or were carried on, the nature of the activities carried on there, or the numbers of person of different descriptions who work or worked in the undertaking there; F3. . .
F3(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[F4(3)In the preceding subsection, any reference to a Minister of the Crown or the Executive includes respectively a reference to an officer of that person or of that body and also, in the case of a reference to the Executive, includes a reference to—
(a)a person performing any functions of the Executive on its behalf by virtue of section 13(3);
(b)an officer of a body which is so performing any such functions; and
(c)an adviser appointed under section 13(7).]
(4)A person to whom information is disclosed in pursuance of subsection (2) above shall not use the information for a purpose other than a purpose F5. . . of the Executive.
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