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britain ROUND-UP: 1,000 ways to get into homes.

THERE are more than 1,000 separate laws allowing state inspectors to enter people's homes, it emerged yesterday.

A government review into the powers found there were 1,043 state powers of entry, including the right to check that illegal hypnotism is not taking place or that hedges are not too high.

The powers were identified as part of the review being carried out by Lord West and called for by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The Tories said 414 of the powers had been introduced by Labour since 1997 and that a further 16 were included in legislation currently before Parliament.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2008
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