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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 53: Investigations

318.Once the Adjudicator has published guidance about investigations (as set out in section 61), the Adjudicator may investigate whether a pub-owning business has failed to comply with the Pubs Code or has failed to follow a recommendation made by the Adjudicator after a previous investigation. As set out in section 69(7), the Adjudicator’s powers to investigate a pub-owning business do not apply to those which qualify as pub-owning businesses only because they have bought a pub with extended protection, as defined in section 69(4).

319.The Adjudicator’s powers to require someone to provide information for an investigation are set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1.

320.The Adjudicator has no similar power to require people to provide information for the purpose of deciding whether to commence an investigation, except for the powers in Part 2 of Schedule 1 which allow the Adjudicator to require pub-owning businesses to provide information about whether they have complied with a previous recommendation. This limit on the Adjudicator’s information gathering powers does not prevent the Adjudicator from making contacts and receiving information voluntarily, so far as this is permitted by the general law.

321.It is not intended that the findings of an investigation need be limited to the possible breaches, or possible failure to follow a recommendation, that gave the Adjudicator reasonable grounds for suspicion as referred to in subsection (1).

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