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Company Investigations

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1), further to the reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby, 27 November, Official Report, column 93, what is the relationship of the company inspections referred to there to the investigations mentioned in the Department of Trade and Industry's annual publication, "Companies in 1988–89" and earlier editions, as being approved since 1979;(2) pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Great Grimsby,

Official Report, 27 November, column 93, if he

Date of Appointment

Company name Inspectors' names

Whether inspection is continuing or completed

Type of inquiry

1979

1. 19 September 1979METALMAN ENGINEERING LTD. M. A. BraganzaCompleteds165(a)(i) CA 1948
2. 19 September 1979BRYMORE (STEELS) LTD. M. A. BraganzaCompleteds165(a)(i) CA 1948
3. 18 December 1979SAINT PIRAN LTD. G. M. Godfrey QC A. J. Hardcastle FCACompleteds165(a)(0 and si72 CA 1948

1980

4. 12 February 1980CONSOLIDATED GOLD FIELDS LTD. M. C. A. Osborne B. J. WelchCompleteds172 CA 1948
5. 25 July 1980DUNLOP HOLDINGS LTD. F. H. Pulling C. W. M. IngramCompleteds172 CA 1948
6. 4 September 1980EUROSEAS SECURITIES LTD. M. A. F. Lyndon Stanford QC B. A. Kemp FCACompleteds165(b) CA 1948
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7. 24 August 1981RIAFIELD LTD. D. J. JuppCompleteds165(b) CA 1948
8. 11 November 1981CORPORATE MANAGEMENT PLANNING LTD. P. J. Hanford A. H. S. RobertshawCompleteds165(b) CA 1948

1982

9. 8 March 1982EUROFLAME HOLDINGS PLC R. F. G. Day R. L. SaundersCompleteds165(b) CA 1948
10. 25 March 1982PHARMACEUTEX (IV) FLUID LTD.Completeds165(b) CA 1948
11.DRIVEHOUSE LTD.

will list the 56 inspections under the Companies Acts since 1979, showing the date on which each inspection commenced, the names of the inspectors, the current status of each inspection and the anticipated date of publication of outstanding inspections.

The table lists the details requested by the hon. Member of the 56 inspections mentioned in my previous reply. I am unable to say when reports will be published in relation to those inspections which remain outstanding.

Date of Appointment

Company name Inspectors' names

Whether inspection is continuing or completed

Type of inquiry

12.FURDROVE LTD.
F. H. Pulling
N. A. Pink
A. H. S. Robertshaw
13. 10 May 1982CUBAR CONSTRUCTION LTD.Completeds165(a)(i) CA 1948
J. Mann
D. Gorick
R. Burton
14. 24 September 1982ALEXANDER HOWDEN GROUP PLCCompleteds165(b) CA 1948
R. A. Gatehouse QC
I. G. Watt FCA
15. 8 November 1982MINET HOLDINGS PLCContinuings165(b) CA 1948
16.WMD UNDERWRITING AGENCIES LTD.
S. C. Boyd QC
P. W. G. DuBuisson FCA
17. 19 November 1982SIGNAL LIFE ASSURANCE CO. LTD.Completeds165(b) CA 1948
J. Mann
B. J. Welch

1983

18. 25 February 1983HARTLEY BAIRD PLCCompleteds172 CA 1948
J. R. Sendall
19. 11 March 1983GRAYLAW HOLDINGS LTD.Completeds165(b) CA 1948
20.LINK SERVICE STATIONS LTD.Completed
21.BRITISH ANZANI PLCCompleted
Miss E. Appleby QC
P. W. Foss FCA
22. 6 April 1983THE GREENBANK TRUST PLCCompleteds165(b) CA 1948
G. M. Abercrombie
A. H. S. Robertshaw
23. 7 June 1983WESTMINSTER PROPERTY GROUP PLCCompleteds172 CA 1948
F. H. Pulling
B. J. Welch
24. 23 August 1983HOUSE OF FRASER PLCCompleteds172CA 1948
J. Griffiths QC
25. 4 October 1983BANK STREET SECURITIES LTD.Completeds165(b) CA 1948
26.PENNINE COMMERCIAL HOLDINGSContinuing
Miss E. Appleby QC
Mr. P. W. Foss FCA

1984

27. 16 February 1984MEDWAY SECONDARY METALS LTD.Completeds165(b) CA 1948
Miss E. Appleby QC
Mr. P. W. Foss QC
28. 3 September 1984EMRAY PLCCompleteds172 CA 1948
now EQUITY & GENERAL PLC
I. G. Salter
P. H. Bovey

1985

29. 9 May 1985HARTLEY BAIRD PLCCompleteds172 CA 1948
J. R. Sendall
30. 27 August 1985MILBURY PLCCompleteds432 CA 1985
H. B. H. Carlisle QC
M. G. Lickliss FCA
31. 27 September 1985ALDERSHOT FOOTBALL CLUB LTD.Completeds442 CA 1985
N. Bohm (Solicitor)
A. Ridler FCA
32. 26 November 1985WESTMINSTER PROPERTY GROUP LTD.Completeds442 CA 1985
H. B. H. Carlisle QC
M. G. Lickliss FCA

1986

33. 7 February 1986SUMRIE CLOTHES PLCCompleteds442 and s446 CA 1985
now SUMMER INTERNATIONAL PLC
Sir Michael Kerry QC
K. S. Carmichael FCA

Date of Appointment

Company name Inspectors' names

Whether inspection is continuing or completed

Type of inquiry

34. 28 November 1986GUINNESS PLCContinuings432 and s442 CA 1985
D. T. Donaldson QC
I. G. Watt FCA
35. 10 December 1986CONSOLIDATED GOLD FIELDS PLCCompleteds442 CA 1985
R. G. A. Youard (Solicitor)
D. Anton FCA

1987

Completeds442 CA 1985
36. 10 February 1987BREMNERPLC
M. Mclver (Solicitor)
D. J. McLeod FCA
37. 9 April 1987HOUSE OF FRASER HOLDINGS PLCCompleteds432(2) CA 1985
H. Brooke QC
H. G. C. Aldous FCA
38. 29 November 1987THE ANIMAL DEFENCE SOCIETY LTD.Continuings432(1) CA 1985
J. F. Eden (Solicitor)
C. H. L. Chudley FCA

1988

39. 10 June 1988JAMES FERGUSON HOLDINGS PLCContinuings432(2) and s442 CA 1985
4 July 1988
40. 4 July 1988BARLOW CLOWES GILT MANAGERS LTD.ContinuingS432(2) CA 1985
L. D. Ziman (Solicitor)
W. M. Hoffman FCA
41. 22 July 1988JAMES NEILL HOLDINGS PLCContinuings442 CA 1985
42.FRANCIS INDUSTRIES LTD.
43.F. H. LLOYD HOLDINGS PLC.
D. A. Evans QC
B. Worth FCA
44. 16 August 1988ROTAPRINT PLCContinuings432(2) and s442 CA 1985
Miss M. H. Arden QC
G. N. Lane FCA
45. 24 August 1988ALDERMANBURY TRUST PLCContinuings432(2) CA 1985
G. W. Staple (Solicitor)
T. Tress FCA
46. 20 October 1988CONSOLIDATED GOLD FIELDS PLCContinuingS442 CA 1985
P. L. Heslop QC
R. P. G. Lewis FCA
47. 19 December 1988COUNTY NATWEST LTD.Completeds432(2) CA 1985
48.COUNTY NATWEST SECURITIES LTD.
M. Crystal QC
D. L. Spence FCA

1989

49. 9 March 1989SOUND DIFFUSION PLCContinuings432(2) CA 1985
E. J. Lawson QC
D. Anton FCA
50. 12 April 1989THE MERSEY DOCKS AND HARBOUR COMPANYContinuings442 CA 1985
51.METAL CLOSURES GROUP LTD.
52.WINCHMORE PLC
D. A. Evans QC
B. Worth FCA
53. 26 May 1989BLUE ARROW PLCContinuings432(2) CA 1985
Miss H. Heilbron QC
M. D. Boohan FCA
54. 23 June 1989THE BESTWOOD PLCContinuings432(2) and s442 CA 1985
55.ATLANTA FUND MANAGERS LTD.s432 CA 1985
G. S. Moss QC
J. R. Venning FCA
56. 30 June 1989THE MILFORD DOCKS COMPANYContinuings432(2) CA 1985
R. Owen QC
P. Powell FCA

My answer to the hon. Member of 27 November 1989 gave the total number of companies for which inspectors have been appointed since June 1979.

The relevant table dealing with Companies Act investigations in the annual reports presented to both Houses in accordance with section 729 of the Companies Act 1985 gives the number of appointments of inspectors under sections 431, 432, 442 and 446 of the Companies Act 1985 or their predecessor sections as well as details of the exercise of other Companies Act investigatory powers. When inspectors have been appointed under the authority of two sections, it has been the practice since 1986 to include details of both appointments in the table.