§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will detail the powers of search and entry held by the police under his jurisdiction.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
The police have powers of search and entry under both common law and statute law. The powers available under common law cannot be succinctly defined, and no list is easily available of those contained in statute law. Many of the powers can be exer-84W cised only if certain conditions are fulfilled, and it would, of course, be for the courts to say whether or not they have been exceeded in a particular case.