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(1)The Minister may appoint as inspectors to assist him in the execution of this Act such number of persons appearing to him to be qualified for the purpose as he may from time to time consider necessary or expedient and may make to or in respect of any person so appointed such payments, by way of remuneration or allowances or otherwise, as the Minister may, with the approval of the Treasury, determine.
(2)An inspector shall, for the purpose of the execution of this Act, have power (subject to production, if so requested, of written evidence of his authority), to do all or any of the following things, that is to say:—
(a)at all reasonable times to carry out such inspections and tests of the whole or any part of a pipe-line and to take such samples of any thing in a pipe-line as he may consider necessary or expedient;
(b)at all reasonable times to carry out such inspections of any pipe-line works as he may consider necessary or expedient;
(c)in order to get to a pipe-line or the site of any pipe-line works for the purpose of an exercise of the power conferred by either of the foregoing paragraphs, or to get from a pipe-line or any such site after an exercise of that power, to enter any land adjacent to the line or site;
(d)to require the production of, and to inspect, any documents which are in the possession or under the control of the owner of a pipe-line or a person who is executing pipe-line works and relate, as the case may be, to the use of the line or the execution of the works;
(e)to require any person having responsibilities in relation to a pipe-line or to the execution of pipe-line works to give him such facilities and assistance with respect to any matters or things to which the responsibilities of that person extend as are necessary for the purpose of enabling the inspector to exercise the power conferred by paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection.
(3)A person who—
(a)fails to comply with a requirement imposed under this section by an inspector ; or
(b)obstructs an inspector in the exercise of powers conferred by this section ;
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.
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