Amendments proposed to the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

9

Clause     2,     page     4,     line     15,     at end insert ', and

      (f) for ensuring that all defendants are properly represented.'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

10

Clause     8,     page     10,     line     11,     after 'explanations', insert 'as he specifies in writing to that person and'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

11

Clause     8,     page     11,     line     19,     after 'subsection (2)' insert—

      '(a) to show that he had no actual knowledge of the information he is said to have possessed, and that ought to have been disclosed to the company's auditors, or

      (b) to show that the auditor had requested the employee to "provide him with such information or explanations as he thinks necessary for the performance of his duties as auditor", but had not given specific direction, or specified the nature of the information required or (c).'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

12

Clause     8,     page     11,     line     19,     leave out 'it was not reasonably practicable for him' and insert 'he was not reasonably able'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

13

Clause     8,     page     11,     line     20,     leave out 'required' and insert 'specified'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

14

Clause     17,     page     22,     line     33,     at end insert—

      '(c) must take into account the financial condition of the bodies or persons by whom the levy will be payable.'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

15

Clause     17,     page     22,     line     33,     at end insert—

      '(d) must take into account representations made to him by those bodies and persons.'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

16

Clause     17,     page     22,     line     33,     at end insert—

      '(e) must not increase the rate of levy by more than 10% in any one year.'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

17

Clause     19,     page     23,     line     41,     at beginning insert 'Where there appears to be good reason,'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

24

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     24,     leave out 'thinks' and insert 'reasonably believes'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

25

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     24,     after 'thinks', insert 'on reasonable grounds'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

18

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     26,     after 'may', insert ', subject to subsection (3A),'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

26

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     26,     at end insert 'during normal office hours'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

27

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     28,     after 'there', insert 'during normal office hours'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

28

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     28,     leave out 'thinks' and insert 'reasonably believes'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

29

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     28,     after 'necessary', insert 'on reasonable grounds'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

30

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     28,     after 'necessary', insert ', not exceeding one month,'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

31

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     28,     after 'necessary' insert 'not exceeding one month (or such longer periods as may be authorised by the Secretary of State)'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

32

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     29,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Except when the investigator or inspector reasonably believes that the exercise of his functions under this Part would otherwise be seriously impaired the powers under subsection (2) shall be exercised between the hours of 9 am and 5.30 pm and between Monday and Friday.'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

19

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     32,     after subsection (3) insert—

    '(3A)   Where the relevant premises consist either of premises all parts of which are used for residential purposes or of premises which can only be accessed via premises or parts of premises which are used for residential purposes an inspector or investigator shall not exercise his powers under subsection (2) without a warrant issued under section 453C by a justice of the peace and if such a warrant is issued the inspector's or investigator's powers under subsection (2) shall be limited to his powers under such warrant.'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

20

Clause     21,     page     25,     line     33,     after 'subsection (2),', insert 'subject to the terms of any warrant issued under section 453C'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

33

Clause     21,     page     26,     line     19,     at end insert—

      '(c) the grounds for his belief that entry onto the company's premises will and that remaining thereon for a period will be necessary to materially assist him in the exercise of his functions under this Part,'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

21

Clause     21,     page     27,     line     8,     at end add—

    '(2)   After section 453B of that Act insert—

          "453C   Entry into residential premises

          (1)   A justice of the peace may issue a warrant under section 453A(3A) if satisfied on information on oath given by or on behalf of the inspector or investigator authorised under section 453A(3A) that there are reasonable grounds for believing that access to any premises falling within section 453A(3A) will materially assist the inspector or investigator in the exercise of his functions under this Part.

          (2)   A warrant under section 453A(3A) may authorise the inspector or investigator, accompanied by a constable and any persons thought appropriate under section 453A(4) and any other constables—

          (a) to enter the premises, and

          (b) to remain there for such period as the inspector or investigator thinks necessary, or for such period as the warrant may provide, for the purpose mentioned in subsection 453A(1)(b).

          (3)   A warrant may be issued under section 453A(3A) subject to conditions.

          (4)   Sections 448(5) and 448(9) shall apply to the issue of a warrant under section 453A(3A) as they apply to the issue of a warrant under section 448(1).".'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

22

Clause     22,     page     27,     line     10,     leave out '453B' and insert '453C'.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

23

Clause     22,     page     27,     line     12,     leave out '453C' and insert '453D'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

34

Schedule     2,     page     55,     line     31,     at end insert—

      '(d) any person accompanying an inspector or investigator pursuant to section 453A(3A).'.


   

Brian Cotter
Mr Michael Moore

41

*Clause     24,     page     28,     line     16,     at end add—

      '(c) a charity may become a community interest company.'.

   

Brian Cotter
Mr Michael Moore

42

*Clause     24,     page     28,     line     17,     leave out subsection 3.

   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

35

Clause     24,     page     28,     leave out lines 17 to 18 and insert—

    '(3)   Notwithstanding the purposes for which a community interest company is established it—'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

36

Clause     26,     page     29,     line     19,     at end insert 'or a serious procedural error or other material irregularity.'.


   

Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Peter Atkinson
Mrs Gillian Shephard
Mr Ian Taylor

37

Clause     34,     page     33,     line     35,     at end add—

    '(11)   The Secretary of State shall establish a fund to support the cost of organisations setting up and registering as community interest companies.'.


 
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