Power to enter premises and inspect goods

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:15 pm ar 16 Ionawr 2018.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Peter Dowd Peter Dowd Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury 3:15, 16 Ionawr 2018

I beg to move amendment 60, in clause 46, page 40, line 18, at end insert—

“(9A) The powers under subsections (1) to (6) of this section are not available in any case where—

(a) information has been provided on oath by an officer in accordance with section 161A(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (power to enter premises: search warrant) and a justice of the peace has not issued a warrant in consequence, or

(b) an officer could reasonably have been expected to seek a warrant in accordance with the provisions of that section of that Act.”

This amendment provides that the powers to enter premises and search goods may not be exercised in cases where a warrant to search premises in relation to goods subject to forfeiture has been sought and refused or where such a warrant could reasonably be sought.