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101 Target investment limit for Government shareholding in certain successor companies.E+W+S

(1)As soon as he considers expedient and, in any case, not later than six months after any operating company ceases to be a public sector railway company, the Secretary of State shall by order fix a target investment limit in relation to the shares for the time being held in that company by virtue of any provision of this Part by the Treasury and their nominees and by the Secretary of State and his nominees (in this section referred to as “the Government shareholding”).

(2)The target investment limit for the Government shareholding in an operating company shall be expressed as a proportion of the voting rights which are exercisable in all circumstances at general meetings of the company (in this section referred to as “the ordinary voting rights”).

(3)The first target investment limit fixed under this section for the Government shareholding in a particular company shall not exceed, by more than 0.5 per cent. of the ordinary voting rights, the proportion of those rights which is in fact carried by the Government shareholding in that company at the time when the order fixing the limit is made.

(4)The Secretary of State may from time to time by order fix a new target investment limit for the Government shareholding in an operating company in place of the one previously in force under this section; but—

(a)any new limit must be lower than the one it replaces; and

(b)an order under this section may only be revoked by an order fixing a new limit.

(5)It shall be the duty of the Treasury and of the Secretary of State so to exercise—

(a)their powers under section 99 above and any power to dispose of any shares held by virtue of any provision of this Part, and

(b)their power to give directions to their respective nominees,

as to secure in relation to each operating company that the Government shareholding in that company does not carry a proportion of the ordinary voting rights exceeding any target investment limit for the time being in force under this section in relation to that company.

(6)Notwithstanding subsection (5) above but subject to subsection (7) below, the Treasury or the Secretary of State may take up, or direct any nominee of the Treasury or of the Secretary of State to take up, any rights which are for the time being available to them or him, or to the nominee, either—

(a)as an existing holder of shares or other securities of an operating company; or

(b)by reason of the rescission of any contracts for the sale of such shares or securities.

(7)If, as a result of anything done under subsection (6) above, the proportion of the ordinary voting rights carried by the Government shareholding in an operating company at any time exceeds the target investment limit for the time being in force under this section in relation to that company, it shall be the duty of the Treasury or, as the case may be, the Secretary of State to comply with subsection (5) above as soon after that time as is reasonably practicable.

(8)For the purposes of this section the temporary suspension of any of the ordinary voting rights shall be disregarded.

(9)The Secretary of State shall not exercise any power conferred on him by this section except with the consent of the Treasury.

(10)In this section—

  • operating company” means a successor company—

    (a)

    which is a company limited by shares and formed and registered under the M1Companies Act 1985 (or the former Companies Acts, as defined in section 735(1)(c) of that Act);

    (b)

    which was a public sector railway company at the time when any property, rights or liabilities of another public sector railway company were vested in it by a transfer scheme;

    (c)

    which has since ceased to be a public sector railway company; and

    (d)

    which at the time of the vesting referred to in paragraph (b) above was not, and at no time since has been, a franchise company;

  • public sector railway company” means—

    (a)

    the Board;

    (b)

    any wholly owned subsidiary of the Board; or

    (c)

    any publicly owned railway company.

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