New Clause 22 - Person convicted under National Minimum Wage Act not to be appointed as director

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 24 January 2023.

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‘(1) The Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 is amended as follows.

(2) After Clause 5A (Disqualification for certain convictions abroad) insert—

“5B Person convicted under National Minimum Wage Act not to be appointed as director

(1) A person may not be appointed a director of a company if the person is convicted of a criminal offence under section 31 of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 on or after the day on which section 32(2) of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2022 comes fully into force.

(2) It is an offence for such a person to act as director of a company or directly or indirectly to take part in or be concerned in the promotion, formation or management of a company, without the leave of the High Court.

(3) An appointment made in contravention of this section is void.”’—(Seema Malhotra.)

This new clause would disqualify any individual convicted of an offence for a serious breach of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, such as a deliberate refusal to pay National Minimum Wage, from serving as a company director.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

Division number 151 Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill Report Stage: New Clause 22

Aye: 232 MPs

No: 295 MPs

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The House divided: Ayes 232, Noes 296.

Question accordingly negatived.