1035 Powers of Secretary of State to give directions to inspectors
1035 Powers of Secretary of State to give directions to inspectors
Companies Act 2006 | Legislation

(1)     In Part 14 of the Companies Act 1985 (c 6) (investigation of companies and their affairs), after section 446 insert—

“Powers of Secretary of State to give directions to inspectors 446A General powers to give directions

(1)     In exercising his functions an inspector shall comply with any direction given to him by the Secretary of State under this section.

(2)     The Secretary of State may give an inspector appointed under section 431, 432(2) or 442(1) a direction—

(a)     as to the subject matter of his investigation (whether by reference to a specified area of a company's operation, a specified transaction, a period of time or otherwise), or

(b)     which requires the inspector to take or not to take a specified step in his investigation.

(3)     The Secretary of State may give an inspector appointed under any provision of this Part a direction requiring him to secure that a specified report under section 437—

(a)     includes the inspector's views on a specified matter,

(b)     does not include any reference to a specified matter,

(c)     is made in a specified form or manner, or

(d)     is made by a specified date.

(4)     A direction under this section—

(a)     may be given on an inspector's appointment,

(b)     may vary or revoke a direction previously given, and

(c)     may be given at the request of an inspector.

(5)     In this section—