Clause 679

Company Law Reform Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 4th July 2006.

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Power to require production of documents

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Solicitor General

The clause introduces a new definition for documents in hard-copy form. The notes explain that this

“ensures that there is a consistent approach in existing investigation provisions where there is a requirement to produce documents.”

Is a consistent approach also taken in relation to the definition of hard copy throughout the Bill as a whole?

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Industry and the Regions)

I think I have the answer to that question. Clause 807 contains a new provision to cover the meaning of the terms “electronic form”, “hard copy” and related expressions that are used for all the purposes of the Bill. So the answer is yes.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly Shadow Minister (Justice), Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Solicitor General

I am most grateful to the Minister for that explanation. When, or if, we get to clause 807, all will be revealed.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 679 ordered to stand part of the Bill.