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The Scottish Network 1 Tourist Board Scheme Order 2004

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Membership, formation and acquisition of companies

9.—(1) The Board may, subject to the conditions specified in this paragraph, form, or join with another person in forming, acquire or become a member of, a company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1985(1).

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), the Board shall itself or together with any other area tourist board established or, as the case may be, approved under sections 172, 173 and 174 of the 1994 Act hold not less than 50 per cent of the voting rights in any company in which it holds an interest.

(3) The memorandum of any company formed or acquired by the Board shall–

(a)enable the company to carry on only activities relating to tourism or such activities as are reasonably incidental to the principal function of the Board; and

(b)provide that the company shall not, without the express or general consent given in writing of Scottish Ministers (or such body as they may direct the Board to consult) carry on activities relating to the promotion of tourism outside the United Kingdom.

(4) In the event that any company formed or acquired by the Board or of which the Board is a member or has an interest of whatsoever nature at any time ceases to comply with the provisions of sub paragraph (3), the Board shall immediately–

(a)take all steps necessary to ensure that the provisions of that sub paragraph are complied with; or

(b)resign from or otherwise terminate its membership of the company, sell or otherwise dispose (other than by way of gift) of any interest which it may have in such company.

(5) Sub-paragraph (2) shall not apply in relation to any interest in a company–

(a)transferred to the Board by virtue of paragraph 13; or

(b)limited by guarantee and established for charitable purposes only.

(6) Sub paragraphs (3) and (4) shall apply in relation to an interest in a company transferred to the Board by virtue of paragraph 13 only where such interest carries the majority of voting rights in the company.

(7) The Board shall have power to transfer to a company of which it is a member and which complies with the provisions of sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) any or all of such employees of the Board, or such property, rights and liabilities of the Board, as the Board considers appropriate to enable such company to carry out the company’s activities in terms of sub-paragraph (3).

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