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[F1PART IN.I.INSTITUTIONS REQUIRED TO PREPARE ACCOUNTS UNDER PARENT LAW

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F1SR 1993/198

Scope of PartN.I.

1.(1) This Part applies to any institution to which Article 648A applies which is required by its parent law to prepare and have audited accounts for its financial periods and whose only or principal branch within the United Kingdom is in Northern Ireland.

(2) In this Part, “branch” has the meaning given by Article 648A.

Duty to deliver copies in Northern IrelandN.I.

2.(1) An institution to which this Part applies shall, within one month of becoming such an institution, deliver to the registrar for registration—

(a)copies of the latest accounting documents of the institution prepared in accordance with its parent law to have been disclosed before the end of the period allowed for compliance with this paragraph or, if earlier, the date of compliance with it, and

(b)if any of the documents mentioned in head (a) is not written in the English language, a translation of it into English certified in the prescribed manner to be a correct translation.

(2) Where an institution to which this Part applies had, immediately prior to becoming such an institution, a branch in Great Britain which was its only or principal branch within the United Kingdom it may, instead of delivering the documents mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a), deliver a notice that it has become an institution to which this Part applies, provided that those documents have been delivered pursuant to the Companies Act 1985—

(a)to the registrar for England and Wales if the institution's only or principal branch within the United Kingdom was in England and Wales; or

(b)to the registrar for Scotland if the institution's only or principal branch within the United Kingdom was in Scotland.

3.(1) An institution to which this Part applies shall deliver to the registrar for registration—N.I.

(a)copies of all the accounting documents of the institution prepared in accordance with its parent law which are disclosed on or after the end of the period allowed for compliance with paragraph 2(1) or, if earlier, the date on which it complies with that paragraph, and

(b)if any of the documents mentioned in head (a) is not written in the English language, a translation of it into English, certified in the prescribed manner to be a correct translation.

(2) The period allowed for delivery, in relation to a document required to be delivered under this paragraph, is 3 months from the date on which the document is first disclosed.

(4) Where an institution's parent law permits it to discharge an obligation with respect to the disclosure of accounting documents by disclosing documents in a modified form, it may discharge its obligation under paragraph 2 or 3 by delivering copies of documents modified as permitted by that law.

5.(1) Neither paragraph 2 nor paragraph 3 shall require an institution to deliver documents to the registrar if at the end of the period allowed for compliance with that paragraph—N.I.

(a)it is not required by its parent law to register them,

(b)they are made available for inspection at each branch of the institution in Northern Ireland, and

(c)copies of them are available on request at a cost not exceeding the cost of supplying them.

(2) Where by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) an institution is not required to deliver documents under paragraph 2 or 3 and any of the conditions specified in that sub-paragraph ceases to be met, the institution shall deliver the documents to the registrar for registration within 7 days of the condition ceasing to be met.

Penalty for non-complianceN.I.

6.(1) If an institution fails to comply with paragraph 2, 3 or 5(2) before the end of the period allowed for compliance, the institution and every person who immediately before the end of that period was a director of the institution, or in the case of an institution which does not have directors, a person occupying an equivalent office, is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine and, for continued contravention, to a daily default fine.

(2) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this paragraph to prove that he took all reasonable steps for securing compliance with paragraph 2, 3 or 5(2), as the case may be.

InterpretationN.I.

7.(1) In this Part—

  • “financial period”, in relation to an institution means a period for which the institution is required or permitted by its parent law to prepare accounts;

  • “parent law”, in relation to an institution, means the law of the country in which the institution has its head office;

  • and references to disclosure are to public disclosure, except where an institution is not required under its parent law, any statutory provision (within the meaning of section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954) having effect for Northern Ireland or its constitution to disclose publicly its accounts, in which case such references are to the disclosure of the accounts to the persons for whose information they have been prepared.

(2) For the purposes of this Part, the following are accounting documents in relation to a financial period of an institution—

(a)the accounts of the institution of the period, including, if it has one or more subsidiaries, any consolidated accounts of the group,

(b)any annual report of the directors (or, in the case of an institution which does not have directors, the persons occupying equivalent offices) for the period,

(c)the report of the auditors on the accounts mentioned in head (a), and

(d)any report of the auditors on the report mentioned in head (b).]

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