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Directors: Disclosure of Information

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Tania Mathias Tania Mathias Conservative, Twickenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, for what reason Companies House publishes the month and year of birth of company directors.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Holding answer received on 25 May 2016

The Government considers that the date of birth of company directors is an important identifier for those searching the public companies register as it allows searchers to distinguish between individuals with the same, or similar, names.

Following feedback from company directors about the availability of their full date of birth on the public register, section 96 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 requires the Registrar of Companies to suppress the “day” element of a director’s date of birth.

This strikes an appropriate balance between ensuring that the information on the public register is of real practical use and reducing the risk that the information becomes a tool for abuse by exposing individuals to the risk of identity theft or fraud.

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