(1) Where an employee makes an application to the Secretary of State under section 166, the Secretary of State may, by notice in writing given to the employer, require the employer—
(a) to provide the Secretary of State with such information, and
(b) to produce for examination on behalf of the Secretary of State documents in his custody or under his control of such description,
as the Secretary of State may reasonably require for the purpose of determining whether the application is well-founded.
(2) Where a person on whom a notice is served under subsection (1) fails without reasonable excuse to
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