New clause 11

Company Law Reform Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:45 pm on 20th July 2006.

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Jurisdiction of local courts

‘(1) A competent court in a country or territory where an overseas branch register is kept may exercise the same jurisdiction as is exercisable by a court in the United Kingdom—

(a) to rectify the register (see section 124), or

(b) in relation to a request for inspection or a copy of the register (see section 116).

(2) The offences—

(a) of refusing inspection or failing to provide a copy of the register (see section 117), and

(b) of making a false, misleading or deceptive statement in a request for inspection or a copy (see section 118),

may be prosecuted summarily before any tribunal having summary criminal jurisdiction in the country or territory where the register is kept.

(3) This section extends only to those countries and territories to which paragraph 3 of Schedule 14 to the Companies Act 1985 (c. 6) (which made similar provision) extended immediately before the coming into force of this Chapter.’.—[Margaret Hodge.]

Brought up, and added to the Bill.