Clause 6 - Treatment: power of entry

Part of Animal Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 4 December 2001.

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Photo of Colin Breed Colin Breed Liberal Democrat, South East Cornwall 6:30, 4 December 2001

I beg to move amendment No. 109, in page 3, line 15, leave out 'inspector' and insert

'an authorised person of the Minister'.

The changing of ''officer of the Minister'' to ''inspector'' adds confusion rather than helping the situation. It is important to make it clear which person is authorised by the Minister, especially considering the fact that a group of people could turn up, perhaps unannounced. We are always telling our older folk not to let people into their premises to read the gas meter, for example, until they produce some proper authorisation. Indeed, in this case the authorised person should carry authorisation. That is not clear if the Bill uses the term ''inspector'', because it could mean an RSPCA, police or DEFRA inspector. We should identify who is the authorised person of the Minister, especially because, potentially, such a person will be empowered to carry out serious actions. If we change the term to ''an authorised person'', he or she would have to demonstrate the relevant authorisation to everyone concerned.