Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (229)

Noel Harrington

Question:

233 Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the State agencies and bodies within the remit of his Department that have the power to enter or search premises in the course of an investigation; if they need a search warrant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35318/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in tabular form below:

Agency / Office of Department

Powers to Enter and Search Premises? (Yes / No)

Is a Search Warrant Required?(Yes / No)

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Power to enter

No

Competition Authority

Yes

Yes

National Consumer Agency

Yes

An authorised officer may enter a business premises at all reasonable times without a warrant. If entry is refused a warrant may be sought. An authorised officer may not enter a private dwelling without a warrant unless the occupier so consents.

Registrar of Friendly Societies

No such powers in relation to Industrial and Provident Societies generally, or in the case of Friendly Societies and Trade Unions. However, the Registrar has certain powers in relation to entering premises for the purpose of inspecting documents of societies incorporated before 4 October 1978 which had accepted and held deposits which on that date exceeded £25,000.

No

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement

Yes

Yes

Health and Safety Authority

Yes

Not in relation to a place of work, however, in relation to a domestic dwelling an Inspector must have the consent of the occupier or a warrant from a District Court Judge.

Labour Court

Yes

No, unless it is a private dwelling

National Employment Rights Authority

Yes

No, unless it is a private dwelling