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Civil Defence Act 1939

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79Power of factory inspectors and local authorities to enter premises and penalty for obstruction

(1)Any factory inspector or mines inspector and any person duly authorised in that behalf by the Minister, the appropriate department, or a local authority having any civil defence functions shall, on producing some duly authenticated document showing his authority, have a right to enter any premises at all reasonable hours for the purpose of—

(a)ascertaining whether there is or has been, on or in connection with the premises, any contravention of or failure to comply with the provisions of this Act or of any notice given or regulation made thereunder which it is the duty of the inspector, Minister, appropriate department or authority, as the case may be, to enforce;

(b)ascertaining whether or not circumstances exist which would authorise or require any action to be taken under this Act;

(c)otherwise facilitating the performance by the inspector, Minister, appropriate department or authority, as the case may be, of his or their civil defence functions.

(2)The provisions of subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5) of section two hundred and eighty-seven of the Public Health Act, 1936, shall apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that Act as if for the words in the said subsection (2) " authorise the council by any authorised officer " there were substituted the words

authorise the Minister, appropriate department, or local authority by any authorised officer or,

as the case may be, authorise the factory inspector " or mines inspector" and as if after the words " authorised officer " in the said subsection (3) there were inserted the words

or inspector.

(3)Any person who wilfully obstructs any inspector or any person duly authorised by the Minister, the appropriate department, or a local authority in the exercise of any right conferred by or by virtue of this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five pounds.

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