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We enter into the enforcement area of part 5. I have more comments to make on clause 180, some of which relate to this clause. Does the Minister consider the inspection powers in clause 179 to be exceptional? I assume that the Bank of England will be able to work co-operatively with operators of payment systems without recourse to the relevant clauses.
Subsection (2) says that an operator must
grant an inspector access, on request and at any reasonable time, to premises on or from which any part of the system is operated.
What will the notice period for an inspector to access premises be? Her Majestys Revenue and Customs, for example, has various rules and guidance about how much notice it should give an entity before it gains access to premises. What does the Minister see the position as being in those circumstances? It is particularly significant, given the issues regarding clause 180, but I hope to address those this afternoon.