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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 98 General information powers in relation to persons entering or leaving the UK

549.This section amends the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA) by inserting new section 157A to enable an officer of Revenue and Customs to require a person entering or leaving the UK to produce their passport or travel documents and answer questions about their journey. Referring to the subsections of the new section 157A:

  • Subsection (1) empowers officers to require the production of a person’s passport and travel documents and to ask questions about a person’s journey.

  • Subsection (2) defines “passport”.

  • Subsection (3) applies these powers at the final airport of destination in the UK for air transit passengers who first entered the UK at another airport.

  • Subsection (4) defines a “transit air passenger”.

550.Subsection (2) of section 98 of the Act adds the new power to the list of powers contained in section 4(3) of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1992. This restricts the application of certain CEMA powers in relation to the movement of people or things between EU Member States.

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