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Part 3 Winding up of companies

8 Part 4 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (winding up of companies registered under
the Companies Acts) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 9 and 10.

5Removal of power of court to order payment into Bank of England of money due to company

9 Omit section 151 (payment into bank of money due to company).

Release of liquidator where winding-up order rescinded

10 In section 174 (release of liquidator of company being wound up by the
court), after subsection (4) insert—

(4A) 10Where a winding-up order made by the court in England and Wales
is rescinded, the person (whether the official receiver or another
person) who is the liquidator of the company at the time the order is
rescinded has his release with effect from such time as the court may
determine.

15Part 4 Disqualification of unfit directors of insolvent companies

Application for making of disqualification order: power to require information

11 (1) In section 7 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
(disqualification order or undertaking; and reporting provisions),
20subsection (4) (power of Secretary of State or official receiver to require
information) is amended as follows.

(2) In the words before paragraph (a), for the words from “the liquidator” to “or
administrative receiver of a company” (in the second place they occur)
substitute “any person”.

(3) 25In paragraph (a), for the words from “any person’s conduct” to the end of
the paragraph substitute “that person’s or another person’s conduct as a
director of a company which has at any time become insolvent (whether
while the person was a director or subsequently), and”.

(4) In paragraph (b), for the words from “relevant to” to the end of the
30paragraph substitute “as are considered by the Secretary of State or (as the
case may be) the official receiver to be relevant to that person’s or another
person’s conduct as such a director”.

Part 5 Bankruptcy

12 35Part 9 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (bankruptcy) is amended in accordance
with paragraphs 13 to 16.

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Appointment of insolvency practitioner as interim receiver

13 (1) In section 286(1) (power of court to appoint interim receiver if necessary for
protection of debtor’s property), after “official receiver” insert “or an
insolvency practitioner”.

(2) 5If sub-paragraph (1) comes into force before the coming into force of the
repeal of subsection (2) of section 286 by paragraph 17(2) of Schedule 19 to
the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, that subsection is to have
effect (until the repeal comes into force) as if for “, instead of the official
receiver,” there were substituted “, another insolvency practitioner or the
10official receiver”.

14 (1) Section 370 (power to appoint special manager) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)(c) (power of court to appoint person to be special manager
of property or business of debtor in whose case an interim receiver has been
appointed under section 286), for “the official receiver has been appointed
15interim receiver” substitute “an interim receiver has been appointed”.

(3) In subsection (2) (who may apply for the appointment of a special manager),
for “official receiver” (in both places where it occurs) substitute “interim
receiver”.

Statement of affairs

15 (1) 20Section 288 (statement of affairs) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1) (duty of bankrupt to submit statement of affairs), for the
words from “the bankrupt shall submit” to the end of the subsection
substitute “the official receiver may at any time before the discharge of the
bankrupt require the bankrupt to submit to the official receiver a statement
25of affairs.”

(3) After subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Where a bankrupt is required under subsection (1) to submit a
statement of affairs to the official receiver, the bankrupt shall do so
(subject to subsection (3)) before the end of the period of 21 days
30beginning with the day after that on which the prescribed notice of
the requirement is given to the bankrupt by the official receiver.

(4) In subsection (3)(a) (power of official receiver to release bankrupt from duty
under subsection (1)), for “the bankrupt from his duty” substitute “a
bankrupt from an obligation imposed on the bankrupt”.

(5) 35For subsection (3)(b) (power of official receiver to extend period for
submitting statement of affairs) substitute—

(b) either when giving the notice mentioned in subsection (2A)
or subsequently, extend the period mentioned in that
subsection,.

(6) 40In subsection (4)(a) (offence of failing to comply with obligation to submit
statement of affairs), for “the obligation imposed by” substitute “an
obligation imposed under”.

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After-acquired property of bankrupt

16 (1) Section 307 (power of trustee in bankruptcy to claim, for the bankrupt’s
estate, property which has been acquired by, or has devolved upon, the
bankrupt after commencement of the bankruptcy) is amended as follows.

(2) 5In subsection (3) (property to vest in trustee on service of notice on
bankrupt), for “Subject to the next subsection” substitute “Subject to
subsections (4) and (4A)”.

(3) In subsection (4) (trustee not entitled to remedy against certain persons and
certain bankers)—

(a) 10in the words before paragraph (a), after “service” insert “on the
bankrupt”;

(b) omit paragraph (b) (which makes provision about bankers) and the
“or” at the end of paragraph (a);

(c) in the words after paragraph (b)—

(i) 15omit “or transaction”;

(ii) omit “or banker” (in both places where they occur).

(4) After subsection (4) insert—

(4A) Where a banker enters into a transaction before service on the banker
of a notice under this section (and whether before or after service on
20the bankrupt of a notice under this section) the trustee is not in
respect of that transaction entitled by virtue of this section to any
remedy against the banker.

This subsection applies whether or not the banker has notice of the
bankruptcy.

25Part 6 Authorisation of insolvency practitioners

17 Part 13 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (insolvency practitioners and their
qualification) is amended in accordance with paragraphs 18 to 20.

Repeal of provision for authorisation of nominees and supervisors in relation to voluntary
30arrangements

18 Omit section 389(1A) (acting without qualification not an offence if
authorised under section 389A).

19 Omit section 389A (authorisation of nominees and supervisors).

Repeal of provision for authorisation of insolvency practitioners to be granted by competent
35authority

20 Omit sections 392 to 398 and Schedule 7 (procedure for authorisation by
competent authority, including provision for reference to Insolvency
Practitioners Tribunal).

21 (1) The following repeals are made in consequence of paragraph 20.

(2) 40In the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967, in Schedule 4, omit the entry
for the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal.

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(3) In the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975, in Part 3 of
Schedule 1, omit the entry for any member of the Insolvency Practitioners
Tribunal in receipt of remuneration.

(4) In the Companies Act 1985, in Schedule 15D, omit paragraph 37.

(5) 5In the Insolvency Act 1986—

(a) omit section 415A(2);

(b) in Schedule 10, omit the entry for paragraph 4(3) of Schedule 7.

(6) In the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I. 19)S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I. 19)),
omit Article 349(2)(c) and the “or” before it.

(7) 10In the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990, in Schedule 10, omit paragraph
67.

(8) In the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992—

(a) in Part 1 of Schedule 1, omit the entry for insolvency practitioners;

(b) in Schedule 3, omit paragraph 19.

(9) 15In the Railways Act 1993, omit section 145(2)(b)(ix) (but not the “or”
following it).

(10) In the Greater London Authority Act 1999, omit section 235(2)(c)(ix) (but not
the “or” following it).

(11) In the Utilities Act 2000, omit section 105(5)(j).

(12) 20In the Transport Act 2000, in Schedule 9, omit paragraph 3(2)(l).

(13) In the Enterprise Act 2002, omit section 270(3).

(14) In the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, in Part 3 of Schedule 14, omit the
entry for a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal panel.

(15) In the Companies Act 2006—

(a) 25in Schedule 2, in Part 2, in Section (A) (United Kingdom), omit
paragraph 18;

(b) in Schedule 11A, omit paragraph 64.

(16) In the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007—

(a) in Part 4 of Schedule 6, omit the entry for the Insolvency Practitioners
30Tribunal;

(b) in Schedule 10, omit paragraph 19.

(17) In the Civil Aviation Act 2012, in Schedule 6, in paragraph 4(2), omit the
entry for the Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal.

22 (1) For the purposes of this paragraph—

(2) Where, immediately before the commencement date, a person holds an
40authorisation granted under section 393 of the Insolvency Act 1986, section
393(3A) to (6) of that Act together with, for the purposes of this sub-
paragraph, paragraphs (a) and (b) of section 393(2) of that Act (which are

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repealed by paragraph 20) continue to have effect in relation to the person
and the authorisation during the transitional period.

(3) During the transitional period, a person to whom sub-paragraph (2) applies
is to be treated for the purposes of Part 13 of the Insolvency Act 1986 as fully
5authorised under section 390A of that Act (as inserted by section 10(3) of this
Act) to act as an insolvency practitioner unless and until the person’s
authorisation is (by virtue of sub-paragraph (2)) withdrawn.

(4) Where, immediately before the commencement date, a person has applied
under section 392 of the Insolvency Act 1986 for authorisation to act as an
10insolvency practitioner and the application has not been granted, refused or
withdrawn, sections 392(4) to (7) and 393(1) and (2) of that Act (which are
repealed by paragraph 20) continue to have effect in relation to the person
and the application during the transitional period.

(5) Where, during the transitional period, an authorisation is (by virtue of sub-
15paragraph (4)) granted under section 393 of the Insolvency Act 1986, sub-
paragraphs (2) and (3) above apply as if—

(a) the authorisation had been granted immediately before the
commencement date;

(b) in sub-paragraph (2), the reference to section 393(3A) to (6) were a
20reference to section 393(4) to (6).

(6) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (2) and (4), sections 394 to 398 of, and
Schedule 7 to, the Insolvency Act 1986 (which are repealed by paragraph 20)
continue to have effect during the transitional period.

Part 7 25Liabilities of administrators and administrative receivers of companies and
preferential debts of companies and individuals

Treatment of liabilities relating to contracts of employment

23 The Insolvency Act 1986 is amended in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27.

24 In section 19 (vacation of office by administrator), as continued in force by
30virtue of section 249(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002 (special administration
regimes), omit subsection (10) (what “wages or salary” includes for the
purposes of subsection (9)(a)).

25 In section 44 (receivership: agency and liability for contracts), omit
subsection (2D) (what “wages or salary” includes for the purposes of
35subsection (2C)(a)).

26 In Schedule B1 (administration of companies), in paragraph 99 (vacation of
office by administrator: charges and liabilities), omit sub-paragraph (6)(d)
(what “wages or salary” includes for the purposes of sub-paragraph (5)(c))
but not the “and” following it.

27 40In Schedule 6 (categories of preferential debt), in paragraph 15 (what “wages
or salary” includes for the purposes of determining what is a category 5
preferential debt), omit paragraph (b) and the “and” before it.

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Part 8 Requirements of company law: proxies

Proxies at a poll taken 48 hours or less after it was demanded

28 In section 327(2) of the Companies Act 2006 (which regulates the period of
5notice required for the appointment of a proxy), omit paragraph (c).

29 In section 330(6) of that Act (which regulates the period of notice required
for the termination of a proxy’s authority), omit paragraph (c).

Section 19

SCHEDULE 6 Ascertainment of rights of way

10Part 1 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

1 The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is amended as follows.

2 In section 53 (duty to keep definitive map and statement under continuous
review) —

(a) 15in subsection (3)(c)(i), omit “or is reasonably alleged to subsist”;

(b) after subsection (3)(c)(i) insert—

(ia) in the case of an authority in Wales, that a
right of way which is not shown in the map
and statement is reasonably alleged to subsist
20over land in the area to which the map relates,
being such a right of way as is mentioned in
sub-paragraph (i);.

3 After that section insert—

53ZA Modifications arising from administrative errors

(1) 25The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for Schedules 13A
and 14A to apply with prescribed modifications in relation to the
making of orders under section 53(2) in cases where it appears to a
surveying authority in England (whether or not on an application
under section 53(5)) that—

(a) 30it is requisite to make a modification of a definitive map and
statement in consequence of an event mentioned in section
53(3)(c);

(b) the need for the modification has arisen because of an
administrative error; and

(c) 35both the error and the modification needed to correct it are
obvious.

(2) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for Schedule 14A
to apply with prescribed modifications in cases where an order
under section 53(2) is made in accordance with regulations under
40subsection (1).

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(3) Regulations under this section shall be made by statutory instrument
which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of
either House of Parliament.

(4) At any time when regulations under subsection (1) are in force, a
5surveying authority shall, in deciding whether paragraphs (a) to (c)
of that subsection apply in a particular case (and, accordingly,
whether the provision made by the regulations applies in relation to
the making of an order under section 53(2) in that case), have regard
to any guidance given by the Secretary of State.

(5) 10In this section, “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations.

4 In section 53B (register of applications under section 53), after subsection (4)
insert—

(4A) Regulations may provide that subsection (1) does not apply, with
respect to applications under section 53(5) made to an authority in
15England, or to any prescribed description of such applications,
unless the authority serve notice under paragraph 2(4)(b) of
Schedule 13A in relation to such an application.

(4B) The making of regulations under subsection (4A) does not prevent
an authority including in the register any information that they
20would be required to include in it had the regulations not been
made.

5 After section 54A insert—

54B Modifications of definitive map and statement by consent: England

(1) This section applies where it appears to a surveying authority in
25England (whether or not on an application under section 53(5)) that

(a) it might be requisite to make a modification to a definitive
map and statement in consequence of the occurrence of one
or more events falling within section 53(3)(b) or (c)(i) or (ii);

(b) 30the basis for the authority’s view that it might be requisite is
documentary evidence of the existence of a right of way
before 1949; and

(c) in a case where the authority form that view following an
application, the authority have served notice under
35paragraph 2(4)(b) of Schedule 13A that they are considering
the application.

(2) The authority shall ascertain whether every owner of the land to
which the modification relates consents to the making of an order
under section 53(2) or would so consent if the authority made one or
40more of the following orders (“special orders”)—

(a) a diversion order;

(b) an order altering the width of the path or way;

(c) an order imposing a new limitation or condition affecting the
right of way.

(3) 45A diversion order is an order which, for the purpose of diverting the
line of the path or way or part of it—

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(a) creates any such new path or way (of the same kind) as
appears to the authority appropriate; and

(b) extinguishes any public right of way over so much of the path
or way as appears to the authority to be appropriate.

(4) 5If every owner consents to the making of an order under section 53(2)
(without the making of a special order), the authority—

(a) may make the order under section 53(2); and

(b) if they do so, shall include in the order a statement that it is
made with the consent of every owner.

(5) 10If an owner would consent to the making of an order under section
53(2) only if one or more special orders are made, and the other
owners (if any) do not object to the making of such an order or
orders, the authority may make the special order or orders in
question and, if they do so, shall—

(a) 15make an order under section 53(2);

(b) include in that order a statement that it is made with the
consent of every owner; and

(c) combine any special orders and the order under section 53(2)
in a single document.

(6) 20Before making a diversion order, the authority must—

(a) be satisfied that the path or way will not be substantially less
convenient to the public in consequence of the diversion; and

(b) have regard to any guidance given by the Secretary of State.

(7) As soon as reasonably practicable after an authority are satisfied that
25they have power under subsection (4) or (5) to make an order under
section 53(2), the authority must—

(a) give notice to each owner that they are satisfied that they
have that power; and

(b) include in the notice an explanation of the effect of subsection
30(9) of this section.

(8) An order under section 53(2) which includes a statement that it is
made with the consent of every owner is referred to in this Act as a
modification consent order.

(9) An authority must determine whether to make a modification
35consent order before the end of the period of 12 months beginning
with—

(a) in the case mentioned in subsection (1)(c), the day on which
the authority served notice under paragraph 2(4)(b) of
Schedule 13A in respect of the application;

(b) 40in any other case, the day on which notice is given under
subsection (7).

(10) The Secretary of State may by order provide that, in cases or
circumstances specified in the order, subsection (9) applies as if for
the period of 12 months mentioned in that subsection there were
45substituted a longer period specified in the order.

(11) An order under subsection (10) shall be made by statutory
instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a
resolution of either House of Parliament.

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54C Modifications of definitive map and statement by consent:
supplemental

(1) An authority may not make a diversion order under section 54B(5)
so as to alter a point of termination of a path or way—

(a) 5if that point is not on a highway; or

(b) (where it is on a highway) otherwise than to another point
which is on the same highway, or a highway connected with
it, and which is substantially as convenient to the public.

(2) An authority may not make such an order so as to alter the line of a
10path or way such that it falls on land owned by a person whose
consent was not sought under section 54B(2), unless that other
person consents to the alteration.

(3) An authority which make a modification consent order are
responsible, as from the date when the order takes effect, for
15maintaining any path or way, or any part of a path or way, which is
shown in a definitive map and statement in consequence of the
making of the order or any special order combined with it under
section 54B(5) (including so much of a path or way as has been
created by the making of a special order altering the width of an
20existing path or way).

(4) Where it appears to the authority—

(a) that if a modification consent order were to take effect, they
would be responsible under subsection (3) for the
maintenance of a path or way, or part of a path or way, and

(b) 25that work is required to be done to bring the path or way, or
the part, into a fit condition for use by the public,

the authority may not confirm the order under Schedule 14A until
they are satisfied that the work has been carried out.

Part 2 30New Schedule 13A to the 1981 Act

6 After Schedule 13 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 insert—

Schedule 13A Applications for certain orders under Part 3: England

Form of applications

1 (1) An application must be made in the prescribed form and be
35accompanied by—

(a) a map drawn to the prescribed scale and showing the way
or ways to which the application relates; and

(b) copies of any documentary evidence (including statements
of witnesses) which the applicant wishes to adduce in
40support of the application, unless the authority have
informed the applicant that the authority already have
access to the evidence in question.

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(2) Regulations under sub-paragraph (1) must provide for an
application to include an explanation as to why the applicant
believes that a definitive map and statement should be modified
in consequence of the occurrence of one or more events falling
5within section 53(3)(b) or (c).

Preliminary assessment and notice of applications

2 (1) An authority must, before the end of the period of 3 months
beginning with the day on which they receive an application,
decide whether the application, and any documentary evidence
10which the applicant relies on in support of it, show that there is a
reasonable basis for the applicant’s belief that a definitive map
and statement should be modified in consequence of the
occurrence of one or more events falling within section 53(3)(b) or
(c).

(2) 15In deciding whether there is such a basis, the authority must have
regard to any guidance given by the Secretary of State.

(3) If they decide that there is no such basis, they must, before the end
of that period of 3 months, inform the applicant of their decision
and the reasons for it.

(4) 20If they decide that there is such a basis, they must, before the end
of that period—

(a) inform the applicant; and

(b) serve a notice on every owner and occupier of any land to
which the application relates stating that an application
25has been made and the authority are considering it.

(5) If, after reasonable inquiry has been made, the authority are
satisfied that it is not practicable to ascertain the name or address
of an owner or occupier of any land to which the application
relates, the authority may direct that the notice required to be
30served on the person by sub-paragraph (4) may be served by
addressing it to the person by the description “owner” or
“occupier” of the land (describing it) and by affixing it to some
conspicuous object or objects on the land.

Failure by authority to conduct preliminary assessment

3 (1) 35If an authority have not assessed an application in accordance
with paragraph 2 before the end of the period of 3 months
beginning with the day on which they received the application,
the applicant may give notice to the authority in the prescribed
form of an intention to apply to a magistrates’ court for an order
40under this paragraph.

(2) The applicant may apply to a magistrates’ court for an order under
this paragraph at any time—

(a) after the end of the period of 1 month beginning with the
day on which notice was given; and

(b) 45before the end of the period of 6 months beginning with
that day.

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