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Industrial Assurance (Northern Ireland) Order 1979

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18.[F1(1) If in the opinion of the Commission there is reasonable cause to believe that an offence against this Order or against the Insurance Companies Act 1982 has been or is likely to be committed by an industrial assurance company, the Commission or any inspector appointed by it for the purpose shall have power to examine into and report on the affairs of the company, and for that purpose may exercise in respect of the company all or any of the powers given by Part V of the Friendly Societies Act 1992 to a person appointed by the Commission to investigate a friendly society.

(2) Where it receives the report of a person appointed under paragraph (1), the Commission may issue such directions and take such steps as it considers necessary or proper to deal with the situation disclosed by the report and in particular may present a petition to the court for the winding up of the company.]

(3) The[F1 Commission] may, if[F1 it] considers it just, direct that all or any of the expenses of, and incidental or preliminary to, an investigation under this Article shall be defrayed out of the funds of the company, or by the officers or former officers or board of directors of the company, or any of them, in such proportions as the[F1 Commission] directs, and sums directed by the[F1 Commission] to be so paid shall be recoverable summarily by[F1 it] as a civil debt.

(4) Any industrial assurance company or person directed to pay any part of any such expenses as are mentioned in paragraph (3) may, with the leave of the High Court, appeal against the direction to that Court.

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