Conduct of investigations
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In considering the matter, the court may hear any witness who may be produced on behalf of or against the alleged offender together with any statement which may be offered in defence.65 If, after having done so, the court is satisfied the person did without reasonable excuse refuse to comply with the inspectors, it may take certain steps. The course it adopts will depend upon the nature of the case and the position of the individual in question. It may, for instance, punish him in like manner as if he had been guilty of contempt of court.66 Alternatively, it may direct the Secretary of State to exercise his powers under the section in respect of the individual and the court may give such a direction notwithstanding that the offender is not within the jurisdiction of the court if it is satisfied that he was notified of his right to appear before the court and of the powers available to it.67