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Companies Act 2006

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Quoted companies: requirements as to website publication

430Quoted companies: annual accounts and reports to be made available on website

(1)A quoted company must ensure that its annual accounts and reports—

(a)are made available on a website, and

(b)remain so available until the annual accounts and reports for the company’s next financial year are made available in accordance with this section.

(2)The annual accounts and reports must be made available on a website that—

(a)is maintained by or on behalf of the company, and

(b)identifies the company in question.

(3)Access to the annual accounts and reports on the website, and the ability to obtain a hard copy of the annual accounts and reports from the website, must not be—

(a)conditional on the payment of a fee, or

(b)otherwise restricted, except so far as necessary to comply with any enactment or regulatory requirement (in the United Kingdom or elsewhere).

(4)The annual accounts and reports—

(a)must be made available as soon as reasonably practicable, and

(b)must be kept available throughout the period specified in subsection (1)(b).

(5)A failure to make the annual accounts and reports available on a website throughout that period is disregarded if—

(a)the annual accounts and reports are made available on the website for part of that period, and

(b)the failure is wholly attributable to circumstances that it would not be reasonable to have expected the company to prevent or avoid.

(6)In the event of default in complying with this section, an offence is committed by every officer of the company who is in default.

(7)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (6) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

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