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Companies Act Investigations

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if, for each investigation by his Department since May 1979 into United Kingdom companies, he will list (a) the name of the company investigated, (b) the date inspectors were appointed, (c) the date the inspectors reported to his Department, (d) whether prosecution was recommended, (e) the amount of fraud involved, (f) whether and when prosecution followed, (g) the outcome of the prosecution, (h) the date the inspectors' report was made public, (i) whether it was published in full or only in part, (j) the costs of the investigation and (k) the costs of the prosecution.

This information in the form requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.Information about Companies Act investigations is contained in the annual report prepared in accordance with the provisions of section 729 of the Companies Act 1985. Copies of the report are placed in the Library. Further information will be available in my Department's memorandum on DTI investigations provided to the Trade and Industry Select Committee which will be published by the Committee in due course. There have been 56 inspections under sections 432 and 442 since 1979.