Clause 811

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

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The former Companies Acts

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 defines the meaning of “former Companies Acts”. Paragraph (b) provides that certain provisions of the Companies Act 1985, and so forth, are no longer to be in force. Now that there is to be full consolidation, do the Government propose to submit an amendment to change the clause from applying only to certain provisions, to repealing the Companies Act 1985 completely? Perhaps the Minister could also take this opportunity to update us on her plans for consolidation.

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

We are not consolidating all the provisions of the 1985 Act into the Bill. I am about to send a letter—I signed it today—to all members of the Committee providing the next set of consolidation clauses. The letter should be with hon. Members in the next day or two, depending on the internal post.

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

Will the letter tell us which parts of the Act will not be consolidated? That would be very helpful.

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

We can certainly let the hon. Gentleman know that. I do not think that that information is in this particular batch, but I can certainly let him know.

Clause 811 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 812 and 821 ordered to stand part of the Bill.