I-11: Other powers
VAT: power to take a sample
"(1) An authorised person, if it appears to him necessary for the protection of the revenue against mistake or fraud, may at any time take, from the goods in the possession of any person who supplies goods or acquires goods from another member State, or in the possession of a fiscal warehouse keeper, such samples as the authorised person may require with a view to determining how the goods or the materials of which they are made ought to be or to have been treated for the purposes of VAT.
(2) Any sample taken under this paragraph shall be disposed of and accounted for in such manner as the Commissioners may direct.
(3) Where a sample is taken under this paragraph from the goods in any person's possession and is not returned to him within a reasonable time and in good condition the Commissioners shall pay him by way of compensation a sum equal to the cost of the sample to him or such larger sum as they may determine." (VATA 1994, Sch 11, para 8)
VAT: power to require opening of games machines
"An authorised person may at any reasonable time require a person making such a supply as is referred to in section 23(1) or any person acting on his behalf—
(a) to open any machine on which relevant machine games (as defined in section 23A) are capable of being played; and
(b) to carry out any other operation which may be necessary to enable the authorised person to ascertain the amount which, in accordance with section 23(3), is to be taken as the value of supplies made in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1) of that section in any period." (VATA 1994, Sch 11, para 9)