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Burial and Cremation (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 91 – Powers of entry and inspection

244.Section 91 gives inspectors various powers of entry in the course of carrying out inspections. Under subsection (1), if authorised to do so by the Scottish Ministers, inspectors may enter any premises (apart from a dwelling-house) associated with the carrying out of the functions of a burial authority, cremation authority, a funeral director’s business or a health authority. Subsection (1)(b) allows inspectors to require the production of any documents, records or registers required by this Act, and inspect them, including taking copies (subsection (1)(c)). Subsection (2) provides that these powers can be exercised only in relation to ascertaining whether an offence under this Act has been or is being committed or in carrying out any function conferred on the inspector by virtue of regulations made under the Act.

245.The section sets out further details about these powers, including that the inspector may be accompanied by any other person the inspector considers necessary and may take into the premises any materials and equipment that the inspector considers necessary (subsection (3)). Entry under this section must take place at a reasonable hour (subsection (4)), and the inspector must produce identification and proof of authorisation if required to do so (subsection (5)).

246.By virtue of section 91, inspectors will have the power to inspect health authority records as they relate to requirements imposed by the Act.

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