[Hat Tip: Big Brother Watch]
It may sound like a Monty Python sketch – but an ancient law allowing people on private land without a warrant if they are following a bee might still apply.
The law, aimed at protecting honey supplies, is one of 1,208 powers of entry in dozens of different Acts of Parliament unearthed by a Tory peer.
Lord Selsdon recently launched a fresh bid to curb wide-ranging powers for officials to enter private homes.
He called for a code of practice to put strict limits on entry powers for all cases except those involving suspected serious crime or terrorism.
Introducing his Powers of Entry Bill in the House of Lords, Lord Selsdon said he had been pursuing the issue for more than 30 years but was not going to let it drop as “it has got into my blood”.