Clause 791

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

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Service of documents on directors, secretaries and others

Question proposed, That the clause stand part ofthe Bill.

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

The clause is designed to ensure that the address for any director or secretary that is on the public record is effective for the service of documents on that person. The provision also applies to the address on the public record of various other persons for whom the Bill requires an address on the public record. However, the clause treats secretaries as officers, as though other proposed changes had not happened. Although I should like company secretary roles to be recognised, do other Government proposals not mean that their description should not be amended in this provision?

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

I assume the reference is to company secretaries of public companies and not necessarily of private companies. Secretaries of private companies are officers. That is where they are included.

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

Well, yes, but the clause applies to

“a director or secretary of a company”.

If what the Minister says is the case, should she not clarify it with a suitable amendment?

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 791 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 792 to 795 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 5 agreed to.