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Companies Act 2006

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948Restrictions on disclosure
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(1)This section applies to information (in whatever form)—

(a)relating to the private affairs of an individual, or

(b)relating to any particular business,

that is provided to the Panel in connection with the exercise of its functions.

(2)No such information may, during the lifetime of the individual or so long as the business continues to be carried on, be disclosed without the consent of that individual or (as the case may be) the person for the time being carrying on that business.

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply to any disclosure of information that—

(a)is made for the purpose of facilitating the carrying out by the Panel of any of its functions,

(b)is made to a person specified in Part 1 of Schedule 2,

(c)is of a description specified in Part 2 of that Schedule, or

(d)is made in accordance with Part 3 of that Schedule.

(4)The Secretary of State may amend Schedule 2 by order subject to negative resolution procedure.

(5)An order under subsection (4) must not—

(a)amend Part 1 of Schedule 2 by specifying a person unless the person exercises functions of a public nature (whether or not he exercises any other function);

(b)amend Part 2 of Schedule 2 by adding or modifying a description of disclosure unless the purpose for which the disclosure is permitted is likely to facilitate the exercise of a function of a public nature;

(c)amend Part 3 of Schedule 2 so as to have the effect of permitting disclosures to be made to a body other than one that exercises functions of a public nature in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.

(6)Subsection (2) does not apply to—

(a)the disclosure by an authority within subsection (7) of information disclosed to it by the Panel in reliance on subsection (3);

(b)the disclosure of such information by anyone who has obtained it directly or indirectly from an authority within subsection (7).

(7)The authorities within this subsection are—

(a)the Financial Services Authority;

(b)an authority designated as a supervisory authority for the purposes of Article 4.1 of the Takeovers Directive;

(c)any other person or body that exercises functions of a public nature, under legislation in an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, that are similar to the Panel’s functions or those of the Financial Services Authority.

(8)This section does not prohibit the disclosure of information if the information is or has been available to the public from any other source.

(9)Nothing in this section authorises the making of a disclosure in contravention of the Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29).

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