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58Regulator’s right to apply under section 423 of Insolvency Act 1986E+W+S

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(1)In this section “section 423” means section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (transactions defrauding creditors).

(2)The Regulator may apply for an order under section 423 in relation to a debtor if—

(a)the debtor is the employer in relation to an occupational pension scheme, and

(b)condition A or condition B is met in relation to the scheme.

(3)Condition A is that an actuarial valuation under section 143 obtained by the Board of the Pension Protection Fund in respect of the scheme indicates that the value of the assets of the scheme at the relevant time, as defined by that section, was less than the amount of the protected liabilities, as defined by section 131, at that time.

(4)Condition B is that an actuarial valuation, as defined by section 224(2), obtained by the trustees or managers of the scheme indicates that the statutory funding objective in section 222 is not met.

(5)In a case where the debtor—

(a)has been adjudged bankrupt,

(b)is a body corporate which is being wound up or is in administration, or

(c)is a partnership which is being wound up or is in administration,

subsection (2) does not enable an application to be made under section 423 except with the permission of the court.

(6)An application made under this section is to be treated as made on behalf of every victim of the transaction who is—

(a)a trustee or member of the scheme, or

(b)the Board.

(7)This section does not apply where the valuation mentioned in subsection (3) or (4) is made by reference to a date that falls before the commencement of this section.

(8)Expressions which are defined by section 423 for the purposes of that section have the same meaning when used in this section.

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