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Company Registration

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will publish in the Official Report full details of the changes in companies registration arising from the cuts in the Civil Service announced on 6 December.

Subject to the necessary legislation, it is proposed to abolish or modify the powers now exercised under the Companies Act 1948 in respect of dispensations for charitable and other companies to omit the word "Ltd" in their names (section 19) and for the inclusion of directors' names on business documents (section 201). It is also proposed to introduce modifications in the arrangements for the search service and the maintenance of company files. Consideration is being given to the abolition of the Registry of Business Names and to a modification of the discretionary power governing undesirable company names.