A company must not be registered under this Act by a name if, in the opinion of the Secretary of State—
(a) its use by the company would constitute an offence, or
(b) it is offensive.
(1) The approval of the Secretary of State is required for a company to be registered under this Act by a name that would be likely to give the impression that the company is connected with—
(a) Her Majesty's Government, any part of the Scottish administration[, the Welsh Assembly Government] or Her Majesty's Government in Northern Ireland,
(b) a local authority, or
(c) any public authority specified for the purposes of this section by regulations made by the Secretary of State.
(2) For the purposes of this section—
“local authority” means—
(a) a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972 (c 70), the Common Council of the City of London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly,
(b) a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994 (c 39), or
(c) a district council in Northern Ireland;
“public authority” includes any person or body having functions of a public nature.
(3) Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.
(1) The approval of the Secretary of State is required for a company to be registered under this Act by a name that includes a word or expression for the time being specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section.
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