Clause 679
Company Law Reform Bill [Lords]
12:00 pm

Power to require production of documents

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

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Jonathan Djanogly (Shadow Solicitor General (Also Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry), Law Officers (Assist the Home Affairs Team), Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry (Also Shadow Solicitor General), Trade & Industry; Huntingdon, Conservative)

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?

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Margaret Hodge (Minister of State (Industry and the Regions), Department of Trade and Industry; Barking, Labour)

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.

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Jonathan Djanogly (Shadow Solicitor General (Also Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry), Law Officers (Assist the Home Affairs Team), Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry (Also Shadow Solicitor General), Trade & Industry; Huntingdon, Conservative)

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.