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Mr Secretary Darling

445

Page 156, line 28 [Clause 345], at end insert—

      ‘See also section 153 (exercise of rights where shares held on behalf of others).’.


Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

421

Page 158, line 13, leave out Clauses 349 to 352.

Mr Secretary Darling

446

Page 158, line 25 [Clause 349], at end insert—

      ‘See also section 153 (exercise of rights where shares held on behalf of others).’.


Mr Secretary Darling

350

Page 162, line 32 [Clause 357], leave out ‘auditor’ and insert ‘independent assessor’.


Mr Secretary Darling

269

Page 165, line 33, leave out Clause 365.


NEW CLAUSE RELATING TO PART 44

Duty to provide information about exercise of voting rights

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

NC15

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘Institutions to which section 1241 applies shall publicise on their website, in relation to each opportunity that they have to exercise voting rights attached to shares to which that section applies, whether or not they have exercised such voting rights.’.


AMENDMENTS RELATING TO PART 44

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

434

Page 603, line 22, leave out Clauses 1241 to 1244.


Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

435

Page 604, line 4 [Clause 1241], at end insert—

      ‘(7) Regulations under this section shall be subject to public consultation prior to publication, and shall be the subject of a cost benefit analysis.’.


Mr Secretary Darling

740

Page 606, line 10 [Clause 1245], after ‘Kingdom’ insert ‘or elsewhere’.

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

436

Page 606, line 10 [Clause 1245], after ‘Kingdom’, insert ‘or, if such proceedings relate only to intellectual property rights, in any jurisdiction’.

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

437

Page 606, line 35 [Clause 1245], leave out ‘annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either’ and insert ‘affirmative resolution of each’.

Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire
Justine Greening

438

Page 606, line 36 [Clause 1245], at end insert ‘and after prior public consultation on the terms of a draft statutory instrument’.


AMENDMENTS RELATING TO CLAUSES 521 TO 523

Justine Greening
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire

439

Page 251, line 28 [Clause 521], leave out ‘knowingly or recklessly’ and insert ‘dishonestly or fraudulently’.

Justine Greening
Mr Alan Duncan
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Charles Hendry
Mr Crispin Blunt
James Brokenshire

440

Page 251, line 32 [Clause 521], leave out ‘knowingly or recklessly’ and insert ‘dishonestly or fraudulently’.


NEW CLAUSE RELATING TO PART 17

Circulation of liability limitation agreement

Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

NC86

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘A proposal for a liability limitation agreement must be circulated to all the parties entitled to receive company accounts in accordance with section 429.’.


AMENDMENTS RELATING TO CLAUSES 483 TO 520 AND 524 TO 553

Mr Secretary Darling

241

Page 233, line 10 [Clause 483], at end insert ‘or’.

Mr Secretary Darling

242

Page 233, line 11 [Clause 483], leave out from ‘companies)’ to end of line 13.

Mr Secretary Darling

447

Page 233, line 35 [Clause 484], leave out ‘holding’ and insert ‘representing’.


Mr Secretary Darling

243

Page 234, line 10 [Clause 485], leave out subsection (3).

Mr Secretary Darling

244

Page 234, line 14 [Clause 485], leave out ‘figures for turnover or gross income’ and insert ‘figure for turnover’.

Mr Secretary Darling

245

Page 234, line 20 [Clause 485], leave out paragraph (c).

Mr Secretary Darling

544

Page 234, line 34 [Clause 486], leave out sub-paragraph (i) and insert—

          ‘(i) is an authorised insurance company, a banking company, an e-money issuer, an ISD investment firm or a UCITS management company, or’.

Mr Secretary Darling

545

Page 234, line 37 [Clause 486], leave out sub-paragraph (iii).


Mr Secretary Darling

246

Page 235, line 12 [Clause 487], leave out from beginning to ‘not’ in line 19.

Mr Secretary Darling

546

Page 235, line 37 [Clause 487], after ‘(2)’ insert ‘and (3)’.

Mr Secretary Darling

714

Page 235, line 40 [Clause 487], at end insert ‘; and

        (e) a company may meet any relevant requirement on the basis of either the gross or the net figure.’.


Mr Secretary Darling

547

Page 236, line 24 [Clause 489], leave out paragraph (a) and insert—

        ‘(a) is an authorised insurance company, a banking company, an e-money issuer, an ISD investment firm or a UCITS management company, or’.

Mr Secretary Darling

247

Page 236, line 28, leave out Clause 490.


Mr Secretary Darling

248

Page 237, line 22, leave out Clause 491.

Mr Secretary Darling

249

Page 237, line 40, leave out Clause 492.


Mr Secretary Darling

250

Page 238, line 39, leave out Clause 493.


Mr Secretary Darling

251

Page 239, line 5, leave out Clause 494.

Mr Secretary Darling

252

Page 239, line 13, leave out Clause 495.


Mr Secretary Darling

548

Page 240, line 28 [Clause 498], after ‘Chapter’ insert ‘or section 553 (minor definitions) so far as applying to this Chapter’.


Mr Secretary Darling

448

Page 242, line 35 [Clause 502], leave out ‘who hold’ and insert ‘representing’.


Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

684

Page 243, line 22 [Clause 503], at end insert—

      ‘(4A) Wit the exception of the audit fee, an auditor or auditors of a public company must not be a party to any transaction in the financial statements.’.


Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

686

Page 244, line 7 [Clause 505], at end insert ‘, and

        (c) they serve a maximum of five consecutive years’.


Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

759

Page 246, line 17 [Clause 509], at end insert—

      ‘(2A) The auditor’s report must be accompanied by a statement stating the regulatory action, if any, taken against the firm or any member of the audit team during the preceding five years, together with the outcomes.’.


Mr Secretary Darling

213

Page 256, line 41 [Clause 531], leave out from ‘fine’ to end of line 42.


Mr Secretary Darling

225

Page 261, line 41 [Clause 539], at end insert—

        ‘“supervisory body” has the same meaning as in Part 42 (statutory auditors) (see section 1181).’.


Mr Secretary Darling

449

Page 262, line 33 [Clause 541], at end insert—

      ‘See also section 153 (exercise of rights where shares held on behalf of others).’.


Jim Cousins
 
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

751

Page 264, line 36 [Clause 546], leave out from ‘proceedings)’ to end of line 37.


Jim Cousins
 
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

752

Page 265, line 12, leave out Clauses 548 to 552.

Jim Cousins
 
Mr Austin Mitchell
John McDonnell

763

Page 265, line 33 [Clause 549], at end insert ‘, and

        (c) shall not specify a sum of money as a cap or absolute upper limit on the total liability.’.


Mr Secretary Darling

648

Page 266, line 24 [Clause 550], leave out subsection (4).

Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell

803

Page 266, line 41 [Clause 551], leave out ‘Part’ and insert ‘Act’.


Jim Cousins
Mr Austin Mitchell

802

Page 267, line 14 [Clause 552], at end insert—

      ‘(1A) The regulations must require that all such agreements must be filed at Companies House within 21 days of the date of agreement together with a copy of the correspondence relating to the agreement between the company, its advisers, auditors and their advisers.’.

Mr Secretary Darling

549

Page 267, line 25 [Clause 553], at end insert—

      ‘“e-money issuer” means a person who has permission under Part 4 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8) to carry on the activity of issuing electronic money within the meaning of article 9B of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/544);’.

Mr Secretary Darling

826

Page 267 [Clause 553], leave out lines 26 and 27.

Mr Secretary Darling

550

Page 267, line 27 [Clause 553], at end insert—

      ‘“ISD investment firm” has the meaning given by the Glossary forming part of the Handbook made by the Financial Services Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8);’.

Mr Secretary Darling

551

Page 267, line 35 [Clause 553], leave out from begining to end of line 3 on page 268.


Mr Secretary Darling

552

Page 268, line 9 [Clause 553], at end insert—

      ‘“UCITS management company” has the meaning given by the Glossary forming part of the Handbook made by the Financial Services Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8).’.


REMAINING NEW CLAUSES

Removal of special provisions about accounts and audit of charitable companies

Mr Secretary Darling

NC8

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘(1) Part 7 of the Companies Act 1985 and Part 8 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (accounts and audit) are amended in accordance with Schedule (Removal of special provisions about accounts and audit of charitable companies) to this Act so as to remove the special provisions about companies that are charities.

      (2) In that Schedule—

      Part 1 contains repeals and consequential amendments of provisions of the Companies Act 1985;

      Part 2 contains repeals and consequential amendments of provisions the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.’.


Instruments creating charges and register of charges to be available for inspection

Mr Secretary Darling

NC10

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘(1) This section applies to—

        (a) documents required to be kept available for inspection under section 879 (copies of instruments creating charges), and

        (b) a company’s register of charges kept in pursuance of section 880.

      (2) The documents and register must be kept available for inspection—

        (a) at the company’s registered office, or

        (b) at a place specified in regulations under section (Regulations about where certain company records to be kept available for inspection).

      (3) The company must give notice to the registrar—

        (a) of the place at which the documents and register are kept available for inspection, and

        (b) of any change in that place,

      unless they have at all times been kept at the company’s registered office.

      (4) The documents and register shall be open to the inspection—

        (a) of any creditor or member of the company without charge, and

        (b) of any other person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

      (5) If default is made for 14 days in complying with subsection (3) or an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused, an offence is committed by—

        (a) the company, and

        (b) every officer of the company who is in default.

      (6) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, to a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 3 on the standard scale.

      (7) If an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused the court may by order compel an immediate inspection.’.


Instruments creating charges and register of charges to be available for inspection

Mr Secretary Darling

NC11

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘(1) This section applies to—

        (a) documents required to be kept available for inspection under section 894 (copies of instruments creating charges), and

        (b) a company’s register of charges kept in pursuance of section 895.

      (2) The documents and register must be kept available for inspection—

        (a) at the company’s registered office, or

        (b) at a place specified in regulations under section (Regulations about where certain company records to be kept available for inspection).

      (3) The company must give notice to the registrar—

        (a) of the place at which the documents and register are kept available for inspection, and

        (b) of any change in that place,

      unless they have at all times been kept at the company’s registered office.

      (4) The documents and register shall be open to the inspection—

        (a) of any creditor or member of the company without charge, and

        (b) of any other person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

      (5) If default is made for 14 days in complying with subsection (3) or an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused, an offence is committed by—

        (a) the company, and

        (b) every officer of the company who is in default.

      (6) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, to a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 3 on the standard scale.

      (7) If an inspection required under subsection (4) is refused the court may by order compel an immediate inspection.’.


Regulations about where certain company records to be kept available for inspection

Mr Secretary Darling

NC12

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘(1) The Secretary of State may make provision by regulations specifying places other than a company’s registered office at which company records required to be kept available for inspection under a relevant provision may be so kept in compliance with that provision.

      (2) The “relevant provisions” are—

      section 114 (register of members);

      section 162 (register of directors);

      section 228 (directors’ service contracts);

      section 237 (directors’ indemnities);

      section 275 (register of secretaries);

      section (inspection of records of resolutions and meetings) (records of resolutions etc);

      section 715 (contracts relating to purchase of own shares);

      section 733 (documents relating to redemption or purchase of own shares out of capital by private company);

      section 756 (register of debenture holders);

      section 808 (report to members of outcome of investigation by public company into interests in its shares);

      section 812 (register of interests in shares disclosed to public company);

      section (Instruments creating charges and register of charges to be open for inspection) (instruments creating charges and register of charges: England and Wales);

      section (Instruments creating charges and register of charges to be open for inspection) (instruments creating charges and register of charges: Scotland).

      (3) The regulations may specify a place by reference to the company’s principal place of business, the part of the United Kingdom in which the company is registered, the place at which the company keeps any other records available for inspection or in any other way.

      (4) The regulations may provide that a company does not comply with a relevant provision by keeping company records available for inspection at a place specified in the regulations unless conditions specified in the regulations are met.

      (5) The regulations—

        (a) need not specify a place in relation to each relevant provision;

        (b) may specify more than one place in relation to a relevant provision.

      (6) A requirement under a relevant provision to keep company records available for inspection is not complied with by keeping them available for inspection at a place specified in the regulations unless all the company’s records subject to the requirement are kept there.

      (7) Regulations under this section are subject to negative resolution procedure.’.


Application of this Part

Mr Secretary Darling

NC18

    To move the following Clause:—

      ‘(1) This Part applies where—

        (a) a compromise or arrangement is proposed between a public company and—

          (i) its creditors or any class of them, or

          (ii) its members or any class of them,

        for the purposes of, or in connection with, a scheme for the reconstruction of any company or companies or the amalgamation of any two or more companies,

        (b) the scheme involves—

          (i) a merger (as defined in section (Mergers and merging companies)), or

          (ii) a division (as defined in section (Divisions and companies involved in a division)), and

        (c) the consideration for the transfer (or each of the transfers) envisaged is to be shares in the transferee company (or one or more of the transferee companies) receivable by members of the transferor company (or transferor companies), with or without any cash payment to members.

      (2) In this Part—

        (a) a “new company” means a company formed for the purposes of, or in connection with, the scheme, and

        (b) an “existing company” means a company other than one formed for the purposes of, or in connection with, the scheme.

      (3) This Part does not apply where the company in respect of which the compromise or arrangement is proposed is being wound up.’.


 
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