New clause 42 - Powers of authorised officers executing warrants

Part of Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 6th July 2004.

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Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) 2:45 pm, 6th July 2004

If the hon. Gentleman cannot find it, I shall certainly look. We want to make sure that the changes are technically watertight.

The hon. Gentleman suggested that such powers should be exercised only by the police. As I said, it is

important that we try not to place the burden of court enforcement on the police on all occasions, which is what we might have to do if we continue with the requirement for having a police officer at all times.