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SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 6Exemptions for Small and Medium-sized Companies[Schedule 8 to the Companies Act 1985]

Part IIISupplementary Provisions

Statement that advantage taken of exemptions

7(1)Where the directors of a company take advantage of the exemptions conferred by Part I or Part II of this Schedule, the company’s balance sheet shall contain—

(a)a statement that advantage is taken of the exemptions conferred by Part I or, as the case may be, Part II of this Schedule, and

(b)a statement of the grounds on which, in the directors' opinion, the company is entitled to those exemptions.

(2)The statements shall appear in the balance sheet immediately above the signature required by section 233.

Special auditors' report

8(1)If the directors of a company propose to take advantage of the exemptions conferred by Part I or II of this Schedule, it is the auditors' duty to provide them with a report stating whether in their opinion the company is entitled to those exemptions and whether the documents to be proposed to be delivered in accordance with this Schedule are properly prepared.

(2)The accounts delivered shall be accompanied by a special report of the auditors stating that in their opinion—

(a)the company is entitled to the exemptions claimed in the directors' statement, and

(b)the accounts to be delivered are properly prepared in accordance with this Schedule.

(3)In such a case a copy of the auditors' report under section 235 need not be delivered separately, but the full text of it shall be reproduced in the special report; and if the report under section 235 is qualified there shall be included in the special report any further material necessary to understand the qualification.

(4)Section 236 (signature of auditors' report) applies to a special report under this paragraph as it applies to a report under section 235.

Dormant companies

9Paragraphs 7 and 8 above do not apply where the company is exempt by virtue of section 250 (dormant companies) from the obligation to appoint auditors.

Requirements in connection with publication of accounts

10(1)Where advantage is taken of the exemptions conferred by Part I or II of this Schedule, section 240 (requirements in connection with publication of accounts) has effect with the following adaptations.

(2)Accounts delivered in accordance with this Schedule and accounts in the form in which they would be required to be delivered apart from this Schedule are both “statutory accounts” for the purposes of that section.

(3)References in that section to the auditors' report under section 235 shall be read, in relation to accounts delivered in accordance with this Schedule, as references to the special report under paragraph 8 above.