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The Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations 1997

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4.—(1) An inspector shall, on producing, if required to do so, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, have the right at all reasonable hours to enter any land or premises for the purposes of ascertaining whether there is or has been any contravention of these Regulations; and in this regulation “premises” includes any place, installation, vehicle, ship, vessel, boat, craft, hovercraft or aircraft.

(2) An inspector shall have powers to carry out all checks and examinations necessary for the enforcement of Council Regulation 820/97/EC, and in particular may—

(a)carry out inspections of any processes used for the marking and identification of animals, any premises and any installation;

(b)examine any records in whatever form, and take copies of those records;

(c)remove and retain any documents and records relating to these Regulations;

(d)have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been used in connection with records, and may require any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material to afford him such assistance as he may reasonably require;

(e)where records are kept by means of a computer, may require the records to be produced in a form in which they may be taken away; and

(f)take with him a representative of the European Commission acting for the purposes of Council Regulation 820/97/EC or any other person he considers necessary for the enforcement of these Regulations.

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