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(1)Section 110A of the Administration Act (authorisation of investigations by authorities administering housing benefit or council tax benefit) is amended as follows.
(2)In subsection (1) for “any one or more of the purposes mentioned in subsection (2) below” substitute “ a relevant purpose ”.
(3)After subsection (1) insert—
“(1A)Each of the following is a relevant purpose—
(a)a purpose mentioned in subsection (2) below;
(b)a purpose mentioned in section 109A(2)(a), (c) or (d).
(1B)If the Secretary of State prescribes conditions for the purposes of this section, an authority must not proceed under this section for a purpose mentioned in section 109A(2)(a), (c) or (d) unless any such condition is satisfied.
(1C)An authorisation made for a purpose mentioned in section 109A(2)(a), (c) or (d)—
(a)is subject to such restrictions as may be prescribed;
(b)is not valid in such circumstances as may be prescribed.”
(4)In subsection (2) for “Those purposes” substitute “ The purposes in this subsection ”.
(5)In subsection (8), after paragraph (c) insert— “ but paragraphs (a) and (b) above do not apply in any case where the relevant purpose is as mentioned in subsection (1A)(b) above. ”
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