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Companies (1986 Order) (Bank Accounts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Companies (1986 Order) (Bank Accounts) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 and shall come into operation on 3rd August 1992.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations “the 1986 Order” means the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 and “the 1990 Order” means the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990(1).

Amendments of Articles

3.  The following Articles are inserted into Part VIII of the 1986 Order in place of Articles 263 to 263B(2)—

Banking and insurance companies and groups

Special provisions for banking and insurance companies

263.(1) A banking company shall prepare its individual accounts in accordance with Part I of Schedule 9 rather than Schedule 4.

(2) An insurance company may prepare its individual accounts in accordance with Part I of Schedule 9A rather than Schedule 4.

(3) Accounts so prepared shall contain a statement that they are prepared in accordance with the special provisions of this Part relating to banking companies or to insurance companies, as the case may be.

(4) In relation to the preparation of individual accounts in accordance with the special provisions of this Part, the references to Schedule 4 in Article 234(4) and (5) (relationship between specific requirements and duty to give true and fair view)(3) shall be read as references to the provisions of Part I of Schedule 9, in the case of the accounts of banking companies, or to the provisions of Part I of Schedule 9A, in the case of the accounts of insurance companies.

(5) The Department may, on the application or with the consent of the directors of an insurance company which prepares individual accounts in accordance with the special provisions of this Part relating to insurance companies, modify in relation to the company any of the requirements of this Part, other than the duty to give a true and fair view, for the purpose of adapting them to the circumstances of the company.

Special provisions for banking and insurance groups

263A.—(1) The parent company of a banking group shall prepare group accounts in accordance with the provisions of this Part as modified by Part II of Schedule 9.

(2) The parent company of an insurance group may prepare group accounts in accordance with the provisions of this Part as modified by Part II of Schedule 9A.

(3) Accounts so prepared shall contain a statement that they are prepared in accordance with the special provisions of this Part relating to banking groups or to insurance groups, as the case may be.

(4) References in this Part to a banking group are to a group where—

(a)the parent company is a banking company, or

(b)the parent company;

(i)does not itself carry on any material business apart from the acquisition, management and disposal of interests in subsidiary undertakings; and

(ii)its principal subsidiary undertakings are wholly or mainly banking companies.

  • For the purposes of sub-paragraph (b) the management of interests in subsidiary undertakings includes the provision of services to such undertakings, and a parent company’s principal subsidiary undertakings are those subsidiary undertakings of the company whose results or financial position would principally affect the figures shown in the group accounts.

(5) References in this Part to an insurance group are to a group where—

(a)the parent company is an insurance company, or

(b)the predominant activity of the group is insurance business and activities which are a direct extension of or ancillary to insurance business.

(6) In relation to the preparation of group accounts in accordance with the special provisions of this Part:

(a)the references to the provisions of Schedule 4A(4) in Article 235(5) and (6) (relationship between specific requirements and duty to give true and fair view)(5) shall be read as references to those provisions as modified by Part II of Schedule 9, in the case of the group accounts of a banking group, or Part II of Schedule 9A, in the case of the group accounts of an insurance group; and

(b)the reference to paragraphs 52 to 57 of Schedule 4 in Article 238(2) (relief from obligation to comply with those paragraphs where group accounts prepared)(6) shall be read as a reference to paragraphs 74 to 77, 80 and 81 of Part I of Schedule 9, in the case of the group accounts of a banking group.

(7) The Department may, on the application or with the consent of the directors of a company which prepares group accounts in accordance with the special provisions of this Part relating to insurance groups, modify in relation to the company any of the requirements of this Part for the purpose of adapting them to the circumstances of the company.

Modification of disclosure requirements in relation to banking company or group

236B.—(1) In relation to a banking company, or the parent company of a banking company, the provisions of Schedule 5 (Disclosure of information: related undertakings)(7) have effect subject to Part III of Schedule 9.

(2) In relation to a banking company, or the parent company of a banking company, the provisions of Schedule 6 (Disclosure of information: emoluments and other benefits of directors and others(8) have effect subject to Part IV of Schedule 9(9)..

4.  Article 263C(10) of the 1986 Order is amended:

(a)by the addition of the following words at the end of the cross-heading to the Article: “relating to insurance companies or groups”;

(b)by the deletion of the words “banking or” where they appear in paragraph (1);

(c)by the substitution of the words “Schedule 9A” for the words “Schedule 9” wherever they appear in the Article; and

(d)by the deletion of the words “27 or” where they appear in paragraph (4)

Insertion of new Schedule into the 1986 Order

5.—(1) Parts I and II of Schedule 9 to the 1986 Order(11) shall form a new Schedule to that Order numbered “Schedule 9A” and entitled “Special Provisions For Insurance Companies And Groups”, which shall be inserted after Schedule 9.

(2) Part III of Schedule 9 to the 1986 Order is repealed.

(3) The following is substituted for the heading of Schedule 9 to the 1986 Order: “Special Provisions For Banking Companies and Groups”.

(4) Parts I to III of Schedule I (Form and content of accounts of banking companies and groups) are inserted into the 1986 Order as Parts I to III of Schedule 9 to that Order.

Other amendments of the 1986 Order

6.  Part VIII of the 1986 Order shall be further amended in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 2.

7.  The 1986 Order shall be further amended in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 3 which are consequential on the amendments made by the foregoing Regulations.

Amendment to the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981

8.  In Article 141 of the Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(12), in the definition of “insurance company”, the words “Schedule 9A” shall be substituted for the words “Schedule 9”.

Transitional provisions

9.—(1) A company (including any body corporate to which Part VIII of the 1986 Order is applied by any statutory provision) may, with respect to a financial year of the company commencing on a date prior to 23rd December 1992, prepare such annual accounts as it would have been required to prepare had the modifications to the 1986 Order effected by these Regulations not been made.

(2) The amendments effected by regulations 3 to 8 shall, where a company prepares accounts under paragraph (1), be treated (as regards that company) as not having been made.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Economic Development on 5th June 1992.

L.S.

A. H. McAlister

Assistant Secretary

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