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Companies Act 1989

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Copies of instruments and register to be kept by company

101Copies of instruments and register to be kept by company

The following sections are inserted in Part XII of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985—

Copies of instruments and register to be kept by company
411Duty to keep copies of instruments and register

(1)Every company shall keep at its registered office a copy of every instrument creating or evidencing a charge over the company’s property.

In the case of a series of uniform debentures, a copy of one debenture of the series is sufficient.

(2)Every company shall also keep at its registered office a register of all such charges, containing entries for each charge giving a short description of the property charged, the amount of the charge and (except in the case of securities to bearer) the names of the persons entitled to it.

(3)This section applies to any charge, whether or not particulars are required to be delivered to the registrar for registration.

(4)If a company fails to comply with any requirement of this section, the company and every officer of it who is in default is liable to a fine.

412Inspection of copies and register

(1)The copies and the register referred to in section 411 shall be open to the inspection of any creditor or member of the company without fee; and to the inspection of any other person on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

(2)Any person may request the company to provide him with a copy of—

(a)any instrument creating or evidencing a charge over the company’s property, or

(b)any entry in the register of charges kept by the company, on payment of such fee as may be prescribed.

This subsection applies to any charge, whether or not particulars are required to be delivered to the registrar for registration.

(3)The company shall send the copy to him not later than ten days after the day on which the request is received or, if later, on which payment is received.

(4)If inspection of the copies or register is refused, or a copy requested is not sent within the time specified above—

(a)the company and every officer of it who is in default is liable to a fine, and

(b)the court may by order compel an immediate inspection of the copies or register or, as the case may be, direct that the copy be sent immediately..

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