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Companies Act 2006

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Sensitive words or expressions

1193Name suggesting connection with government or public authority

(1)A person must not, without the approval of the Secretary of State, carry on business in the United Kingdom under a name that would be likely to give the impression that the business is connected with—

(a)Her Majesty’s Government, any part of the Scottish administration or Her Majesty’s Government in Northern Ireland,

(b)any local authority, or

(c)any public authority specified for the purposes of this section by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(2)For the purposes of this section—

  • “local authority” means—

    (a)

    a local authority within the meaning of the Local Government Act 1972 (c. 70), the Common Council of the City of London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly,

    (b)

    a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39), or

    (c)

    a district council in Northern Ireland;

  • “public authority” includes any person or body having functions of a public nature.

(3)Regulations under this section are subject to affirmative resolution procedure.

(4)A person who contravenes this section commits an offence.

(5)Where an offence under this section is committed by a body corporate, an offence is also committed by every officer of the body who is in default.

(6)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 3 on the standard scale.

1194Other sensitive words or expressions

(1)A person must not, without the approval of the Secretary of State, carry on business in the United Kingdom under a name that includes a word or expression for the time being specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State under this section.

(2)Regulations under this section are subject to approval after being made.

(3)A person who contravenes this section commits an offence.

(4)Where an offence under this section is committed by a body corporate, an offence is also committed by every officer of the body who is in default.

(5)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and, for continued contravention, a daily default fine not exceeding one-tenth of level 3 on the standard scale.

1195Requirement to seek comments of government department or other relevant body

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations under—

(a)section 1193 (name suggesting connection with government or public authority), or

(b)section 1194 (other sensitive words or expressions),

require that, in connection with an application for the approval of the Secretary of State under that section, the applicant must seek the view of a specified Government department or other body.

(2)Where such a requirement applies, the applicant must request the specified department or other body (in writing) to indicate whether (and if so why) it has any objections to the proposed name.

(3)He must submit to the Secretary of State a statement that such a request has been made and a copy of any response received from the specified body.

(4)If these requirements are not complied with, the Secretary of State may refuse to consider the application for approval.

(5)In this section “specified” means specified in the regulations.

1196Withdrawal of Secretary of State’s approval

(1)This section applies to approval given for the purposes of—

  • section 1193 (name suggesting connection with government or public authority), or

  • section 1194 (other sensitive words or expressions).

(2)If it appears to the Secretary of State that there are overriding considerations of public policy that require such approval to be withdrawn, the approval may be withdrawn by notice in writing given to the person concerned.

(3)The notice must state the date as from which approval is withdrawn.

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