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Iron and Steel Act 1982

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24Accounts of the Corporation and audit

(1)The Corporation shall keep proper accounts and other records and shall prepare in such form as the Secretary of State may, with the approval of the Treasury, direct—

(a)in respect of each financial year, a statement of the accounts of the Corporation ;

(b)in respect of each financial year, a consolidated statement of accounts dealing with the state of affairs and profit or loss of the Corporation and their subsidiaries or, if the Secretary of State so directs in respect of any financial year, of the Corporation and their subsidiaries other than any subsidiary (not being a publicly-owned company) specified in the direction ; and

(c)in respect of a financial year as to which the Secretary of State, with the approval of the Treasury, directs that this paragraph shall have effect, a consolidated statement of accounts dealing with the state of affairs and profit or loss of the Corporation and such companies as were in public ownership during any part of the year.

(2)The Secretary of State may make regulations-(a) requiring that there shall be stated in, or in a note on or statement annexed to, the statement referred to in subsection (1)(a) above, such information as may be specified in the regulations relating to—

(i)bodies which, at a time so specified, are subsidiaries of the Corporation ; and

(ii)assets of the Corporation consisting of shares in, or amounts owing (whether on account of a loan or otherwise) from, such bodies ;

(b)requiring that there shall be so stated such information as may be so specified relating to—

(i)bodies corporate that are not at such time as aforesaid subsidiaries of the Corporation, in which shares are, at that time, to such extent as may be so specified, held by the Corporation ; and

(ii)assets of the Corporation consisting of shares in, or amounts owing (whether on account of a loan or otherwise) from, those bodies corporate ;

(c)requiring that there shall be so stated, in such form as may be so specified, the information supplied by the Corporation's subsidiaries in compliance with any provision of the enactments for the time being in force relating to companies imposing on a company a requirement to supply information corresponding to any that may be required to be supplied by the Corporation by virtue of paragraph (b) above ;

(d)determining the circumstances in which, for the purposes of any requirement imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) above, shares in, or amounts owing from, a body corporate are to be treated as being held by, or owing to, the Corporation ;

(e)granting exemption in circumstances so specified from a requirement imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) above;

(f)making such provision supplementary to any requirement imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) above as the Secretary of State thinks necessary or expedient.

(3)The accounts of the Corporation shall be audited by auditors appointed by the Secretary of State, and a person shall not be qualified to be so appointed unless he is a member of one or more of the following bodies—

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales;

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland ;

The Association of Certified Accountants ;

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland ;

any other body of accountants established in the United Kingdom and for the time being recognised for the purposes of section 161(1)(a) of the Companies Act 1948 by the Secretary of State ;

but a Scottish firm may be so appointed if each of the partners is qualified to be so appointed.

(4)As soon as the accounts of the Corporation for a financial year have been audited, the Corporation shall send to the Secretary of State—

(a)a copy of the statement referred to in subsection (1)(a) above and of any note or statement required by virtue of subsection (2) above to be placed thereon or annexed thereto, together with a copy of any report made by the auditors on the statement so referred to;

(b)copies of the accounts of such companies as were in public ownership during any part of the year prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 1948 (as amended by any subsequent enactment, whether passed before or after the passing of this Act) and a copy of the report of the directors of each such company, but so that where group accounts within the meaning of that Act are prepared by any company it shall not be necessary for a copy of the accounts of any subsidiary dealt with in those group accounts or of the report of the directors of the subsidiary to be sent to the Secretary of State ;

(c)a copy of the consolidated statement referred to in subsection (1)(b) above, together with a copy of any report made by the auditors on that statement; and

(d)if the first-mentioned accounts are in respect of a financial year in respect of which the Corporation are required to prepare a consolidated statement of accounts under subsection (1)(c) above, a copy of that consolidated statement, together with a copy of any report made by the auditors on that statement.

(5)In subsection (4) above any reference to the report of the directors of a company is a reference to any report of the directors of the company which, under section 157 of the Companies Act 1948, is required to be attached to a balance sheet of the company.

(6)The Secretary of State shall lay a copy of every such statement, note, account and report before each House of Parliament.

(7)The Corporation shall keep at their principal office copies, which shall be available for inspection during business hours, of any statement of information supplied by the Corporation in compliance with a requirement imposed by virtue of subsection (2) above and shall supply a copy of the statement to any person on demand and on payment of such reasonable charge as the Corporation may require.

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