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Companies Investigation Branch

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will draw to the attention of his Department's Companies Investigation Branch the compliance of directors of (a) Move (Newcastle-under-Lyme) Limited, (b) W. J. Leisure (Newcastle-under-Lyme) Limited, (c) Venue Master One Limited (trading as The Albion), (d) Pubscene Limited, (e) Prohibition PC Limited, (f) Move One Limited, (g) W. J. Leisure (Hanley) Limited, (h) Move (Hanley) Limited, (i) M One (Newcastle-under-Lyme) Limited, (j) M One (Hanley) Limited and (k) Hove One Limited in respect of the law governing the filing of (i) accounts and (ii) other statutory returns within the relevant time limits. (206598)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will direct his Department's Companies Investigation Branch to seek reports on directors' conduct from (a) liquidators Begbies Traynor of Stoke-on-Trent in respect of the affairs leading to the liquidation of (i) W. J. Leisure (Newcastle under Lyme) Limited, (ii) Venue Master One Limited, (iii) Prohibition PC Limited and (iv) W. J. Leisure (Hanley) Limited and (b) DTE Leonard Curtis of Hollins Mount, Bury in respect of the affairs leading to the liquidation of (A) Move (Newcastle under Lyme) Limited, (B) Move One Limited and (C) Move (Hanley) Limited and from liquidators Moore Stephens of Stoke-on-Trent in respect of the affairs leading to the winding-up and liquidation of Pubscene Limited. (206602)

The Secretary of State has received reports from the liquidators of the various companies mentioned, other than Pubscene Limited which was subject to a winding up order dated 23 September 2003 when the Official Receiver was appointed. The Official Receiver will report to the Secretary of State if he comes to the conclusion that due to their actions further action is warranted against the directors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will ask his Department's Companies Investigation Branch to assess whether the law governing preferential treatment of creditors was complied with prior to the liquidation of (a) Move (Newcastle-under-Lyme) Limited, (b) W. J. Leisure (Newcastle-under-Lyme) limited, (c) Venue Master One Limited (trading as The Albion), (d) Pubscene Limited, (e) Move One Limited, (f) Prohibition PC Limited, (g) W. J. Leisure (Hanley) Limited and (h) Move (Hanley) Limited in respect of amounts due to (i) the owners of freehold property used by the companies, (ii) suppliers of drinks to licensed premises operated by the companies and (iii) banks. (206604)

I have drawn my hon. Friend’s concerns about these companies to officials in Companies Investigations Branch (CIB), to whom any further information should be passed.