Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act has received Royal Assent and includes Yet Another Power of Entry into Your Home or Business Premises by Petty Officials, without the need to obtain a warrant from a magistrate:
"23 Power to enter and remain on premises
After section 453 of the Companies Act 1985 insert—
“453A Power to enter and remain on premises
(1) An inspector or investigator may act under subsection (2) in relation to a company if—
(a) he is authorised to do so by the Secretary of State, and
(b) he thinks that to do so will materially assist him in the exercise of his functions under this Part in relation to the company.
(2) An inspector or investigator may at all reasonable times—
(a) require entry to relevant premises, and
(b) remain there for such period as he thinks necessary for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1)(b).
(3) Relevant premises are premises which the inspector or investigator believes are used (wholly or partly) for the purposes of the company’s business.
(4) In exercising his powers under subsection (2), an inspector or investigator may be accompanied by such other persons as he thinks appropriate.
(5) A person who intentionally obstructs a person lawfully acting under subsection (2) or (4)—
(a) is guilty of an offence, and
(b) is liable on conviction to a fine."
So where in this legislation is any power of redress or of financial compensation for the disruption to family life or loss of business caused by petty officials either exceeding their entirely discretionary powers, or simply acting in error ?
Why is the Department of Trade and Industry conducting investigations of any sort in the first place ? Surely these are matters for the Police, or Her Majesty's Customs and Excise or even the forthcoming Serious and Organised Crime Agency ?