Clause 12 - Application of ``fit and proper'' test to companies etc.

Part of Vehicles (Crime) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:45 pm on 16th January 2001.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 8:45 pm, 16th January 2001

As my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk wittily observes, it is not sufficiently transparent. My concern is with transparency. I ask the Minister to respond to this fairly straightforward challenge. Will the company that is refused registration or re-registration, or has its registration cancelled in the course of a financial year, be informed that one unfit and improper director or member of the partnership is preventing the registration from being continued? Will the applicant or registered operator be told exactly which director or member of the partnership was in such poor odour as to cause the business to fail to continue to be on the register? In other words, will it be done in a hole-and-corner fashion or are we to assume that where registration is not approved, those making the judgment of unfitness and impropriety will fully communicate the facts to the relevant operator? That is of the essence, so will the Minister clarify that straightforward point?