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Accountancy Bodies

Volume 175: debated on Monday 25 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether, before granting qualifying body status to an accountancy body, he will (a) require it to appoint an independent ombudsman to hear the students' complaints against the body itself and (b) seek the comments of its present-day students.

No. However, the Secretary of State will take into account comments received from the public, including accountancy students, when determining applications for recognition of professional qualifications under the Companies Act 1989.