(1) For the purpose of an investigation by the Secretary of State [in consequence of a report made to him under section 218(4)], any obligation imposed on a person by any provision of [the Companies Act 1985] to produce documents or give information to, or otherwise to assist, inspectors appointed as mentioned in [section 218(5)] is to be regarded as an obligation similarly to assist the Secretary of State in his investigation.
(2) An answer given by a person to a question put to him in exercise of the powers conferred by section 218(5) may be used in evidence against him.
[(2A) However, in criminal proceedings in which that person is charged with an offence to which this subsection applies—
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