Clause 48 - Inspection of premises in respect of employers' obligations

Part of Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 11th March 2004.

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Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions 3:45 pm, 11th March 2004

I beg to move amendment No 33, in

clause 48, page 30, line 46, after 'if' insert

'the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that'.

There should not be an absolute power of entry. There should only be such a power where the inspector, on reasonable grounds, deems it appropriate. The clause is currently incomplete; for example, an inspector cannot know what documents or work connected with administration are present without undertaking an inspection. I hope that the Committee understands that this is a drafting amendment that merely makes usable the powers that we have just approved for the inspectors.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 48, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.