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Companies Act 1989

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Part ISmall Companies

Balance sheet

1(1)The company may deliver a copy of an abbreviated version of the full balance sheet, showing only those items to which a letter or Roman number is assigned in the balance sheet format adopted under Part I of Schedule 4, but in other respects corresponding to the full balance sheet.

(2)If a copy of an abbreviated balance sheet is delivered, there shall be disclosed in it or in a note to the company’s accounts delivered—

(a)the aggregate of the amounts required by note (5) of the notes on the balance sheet formats set out in Part I of Schedule 4 to be shown separately for each item included under debtors (amounts falling due after one year), and

(b)the aggregate of the amounts required by note (13) of those notes to be shown separately for each item included under creditors in Format 2 (amounts falling due within one year or after more than one year).

(3)The provisions of section 233 as to the signing of the copy of the balance sheet delivered to the registrar apply to a copy of an abbreviated balance sheet delivered in accordance with this paragraph.

Profit and loss account

2A copy of the company’s profit and loss account need not be delivered.

Disclosure of information in notes to accounts

3(1)Of the information required by Part III of Schedule 4 (information to be given in notes to accounts if not given in the accounts themselves) only the information required by the following provisions need be given—

  • paragraph 36 (accounting policies),

  • paragraph 38 (share capital),

  • paragraph 39 (particulars of allotments),

  • paragraph 42 (fixed assets), so far as it relates to those items to which a letter or Roman number is assigned in the balance sheet format adopted,

  • paragraph 48(1) and (4) (particulars of debts),

  • paragraph 58(1) (basis of conversion of foreign currency amounts into sterling),

  • paragraph 58(2) (corresponding amounts for previous financial year), so far as it relates to amounts stated in a note to the company’s accounts by virtue of a requirement of Schedule 4 or under any other provision of this Act.

(2)Of the information required by Schedule 5 to be given in notes to the accounts, the information required by the following provisions need not be given—

  • paragraph 4 (financial years of subsidiary undertakings),

  • paragraph 5 (additional information about subsidiary undertakings),

  • paragraph 6 (shares and debentures of company held by subsidiary undertakings),

  • paragraph 10 (arrangements attracting merger relief).

(3)Of the information required by Schedule 6 to be given in notes to the accounts, the information required by Part I (directors' and chairman’s emoluments, pensions and compensation for loss of office) need not be given.

Directors' report

4A copy of the directors' report need not be delivered.

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