Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act, 2000

Provision of records and other information.

30.—(1) Where in the opinion of an investigator an inspection of such record may be necessary for the purpose of an investigation, the investigator may require a person to deliver to a place nominated by the investigator, and within such reasonable period as the investigator specifies, any record, to enable the investigator to inspect and copy it, and the person shall comply with the requirement.

(2) An investigator may require the attendance before him or her of any person in the jurisdiction for the purpose of providing to the investigator any information which may be known to the person and which, in the investigator's opinion may be necessary for the purpose of an investigation, and the person shall comply with the requirement.

(3) A person required to attend before an investigator in accordance with subsection (2) shall be entitled to the reimbursement by the Board of reasonable expenses incurred in connection with his or her attendance.

(4) The investigator may, for the purposes of the investigation—

(a) examine any person required to attend before him or her in accordance with subsection (2) and may require answers or returns to any inquiry he or she thinks fit to make; and

(b) administer an oath and require any person examined to make and sign a declaration of the truth of the statements made by the person in his or her examination.

(5) An investigator may make such copies or take such extracts from the information gathered under subsection (4) as the investigator considers necessary for the purposes of the investigation.

(6) If a person objects to answering a question asked of him or her as a witness at an investigation or inquiry on the grounds that the answer might tend to incriminate the person or make the person liable to a penalty, and the person is informed of his or her obligation to answer the question, the person shall not refuse to answer the question but the answer given on that occasion shall not be admissible as evidence in criminal or other proceedings against the person other than proceedings against him or her in respect of the falsity of the answer or the failure to answer the question.

(7) A person who fails to comply with this section (including a requirement of an investigator under this section) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.