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Energy Act 2008

Section 27: Inspectors

77.Subsections (1) and (2) of this section allow the Secretary of State or (by subsection (6)) the Scottish Ministers, or an authority to which the relevant function has been transferred under section 34, to appoint persons to act as inspectors to assist in the carrying out of their functions under this Chapter, and enable the inspectors to be remunerated.

78.Subsection (3) gives the Secretary of State or (by subsection (6)) the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations (subject to the negative resolution procedure – see section 105) setting out the powers and duties of the inspectors, and of any other person acting on their directions in connection with a function under this Chapter (such persons may include, for example, surveyors or other contractors instructed by the Secretary of State or the Scottish Ministers). These are likely to include, for example powers of entry, investigation and the right to take samples.

79.Subsection (5) enables such regulations to create criminal offences (for example it might be an offence to obstruct an inspector in the exercise of functions under the regulations). Such offences would attract the penalty of a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (currently £5,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and £10,000 in Scotland) or such lesser amount as is specified in the regulations, on summary conviction or, on conviction on indictment, an unlimited fine.

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