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The Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

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12.  For Article 442 (provision for security of information obtained) substitute—

Provision for security of information obtained

442.(1) This Article applies to information (in whatever form) obtained—

(a)in pursuance of a requirement imposed under Article 440;

(b)by means of a relevant disclosure within the meaning of Article 441A(2);

(c)by an investigator in consequence of the exercise of his powers under Article 446A.

(2) Such information must not be disclosed unless the disclosure—

(a)is made to a person specified in Schedule 15C, or

(b)is of a description specified in Schedule 15D.

(3) The Department may by order amend Schedules 15C and 15D.

(4) An order under paragraph (3) must not—

(a)amend Schedule 15C by specifying a person unless the person exercises functions of a public nature (whether or not he exercises any other function);

(b)amend Schedule 15D by adding or modifying a description of disclosure unless the purpose for which the disclosure is permitted is likely to facilitate the exercise of a function of a public nature.

(5) An order under paragraph (3) shall be subject to negative resolution.

(6) A person who discloses any information in contravention of this Article—

(a)is guilty of an offence, and

(b)is liable on conviction to imprisonment or a fine or to both.

(7) Articles 680, 680A and 680B apply to the offence under paragraph (6).

(8) Any information which may by virtue of this Article be disclosed to a person specified in Schedule 15C may be disclosed to any officer or employee of the person.

(9) This Article does not prohibit the disclosure of information if the information is or has been available to the public from any other source.

(10) For the purposes of this Article, information obtained by an investigator in consequence of the exercise of his powers under Article 446A includes information obtained by a person accompanying the investigator in pursuance of paragraph (4) of that Article in consequence of that person’s accompanying the investigator.

(11) Nothing in this Article authorises the making of a disclosure in contravention of the Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29)..

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