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The Sheep Annual Premium Regulations 1992

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5.—(1) An authorised officer may at all reasonable hours and on producing, if so required, some duly authenticated document showing his authority, exercise the powers specified in this regulation for the purposes of–

(a)inspecting and counting any sheep kept by the producer, or

(b)ascertaining whether an offence under regulation 9(2) has been or is being committed.

(2) An authorised officer may enter any premises (other than any premises used only as a dwelling), which are, or which such officer has reasonable cause to believe to be, occupied by, or in the possession of, a producer or any employee, servant or agent of a producer.

(3) An authorised officer who has entered any premises by virtue of this regulation may inspect and count any sheep kept by the producer on those premises.

(4) An authorised officer entering any premises by virtue of this regulation may take with him such other persons as he considers necessary.

(5) An authorised officer may–

(a)require any producer or any employee, servant or agent of a producer to produce any record and to supply such additional information in that person’s possession or under his control relating to an application for premium as the authorised officer may reasonably request;

(b)inspect any such record and, where any such record is kept by means of a computer, have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been in use in connection with that record;

(c)require that copies of or extracts from, any record be produced;

(d)seize and retain any such record which he has reason to believe may be required as evidence in proceedings under these Regulations and, where any such record is kept by means of a computer, require it to be produced in a form in which it may be taken away.

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