Control of Manufactures Act, 1934

Investigation of premises by order of the Minister.

15.—(1) If at any time the Minister is of opinion that it is expedient to investigate whether anything is being done in any premises or place in contravention of this Act, the Minister may, by order under his official seal of office directed to an officer of the Minister, authorise such officer to enter such premises or place at all reasonable times and as often as such officer thinks proper during the period specified in such order, and there do all or any of the following things, that is to say, inspect such premises or place, examine any process being carried on in such premises or place, and examine any articles found in such premises or place.

(2) Whenever an order is made under this section the officer to whom such order is directed shall be entitled to do all or any of the things authorised by such order.

(3) Every person who obstructs or impedes any officer in the exercise of any powers conferred on him by this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to, in the case of a first offence under this section, a fine not exceeding ten pounds or, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence under this section, to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds.

(4) Every officer to whom an order under this section is directed shall, while exercising the powers conferred on him by this section, produce on demand to any person concerned such order.