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BOUNTY (DRILLING BITS) ACT 1980 No. 33 of 1980 - SECT 17
Power to require persons to answer questions and produce documents
17. (1) The Comptroller-General, a Collector or an authorized person may, by
notice signed by him, require a person whom he believes to be capable of
giving information relevant to the operation of this Act in relation to the
manufacture (including the cost of manufacture), storage, sale or use of
bountiable drilling bits to attend before him at the time and place specified
in the notice and there to answer questions and to produce to him such
accounts, books, documents and other records in relation to the manufacture
(including the cost of manufacture), storage, sale or use of bountiable
drilling bits as are referred to in the notice.
(2) The Comptroller-General, a Collector or an authorized person may make and
retain copies of, or extracts from, any accounts, books, documents or other
records produced in pursuance of this section.
(3) A person is not excused from answering a question or producing any
accounts, books, documents or other records when required so to do under this
section on the ground that the answer to the question, or the production of
the accounts, books, documents or other records, might tend to incriminate him
or make him liable to a penalty, but his answer to any such question is not
admissible in evidence against him in proceedings other than proceedings for
an offence against paragraph 19 (1) (c) or 19 (2) (c).
(4) Where a manufacturer, or a person employed by a manufacturer, has failed
to attend or to answer a question, or to produce any account, book, document
or other record, when required so to do under this section, bounty is not
payable to the manufacturer, unless the Minister otherwise directs, until the
manufacturer or that person has attended, answered the question or produced
the account, book, document or other record, as the case may be.
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