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The Companies (Disclosure of Date of Birth Information) Regulations 2015

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Companies (Disclosure of Date of Birth Information) Regulations 2015 and come into force on 10th October 2015.

(2) In these Regulations—

the “Act” means the Companies Act 2006 and, unless the context otherwise requires, reference to a numbered section is a section so numbered in that Act;

“the 1985 Act” means the Companies Act 1985(1);

“the 1986 Order” means the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(2);

“specified public authority” means any public authority specified in Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

Permitted disclosure by the registrar to specified public authorities

2.—(1) The registrar may disclose restricted DOB information(3) to a specified public authority where the conditions specified in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Schedule 2 are satisfied.

(2) A specified public authority shall deliver to the registrar such information or evidence as the registrar may direct for the purpose of enabling the registrar to determine in accordance with these Regulations whether to disclose restricted DOB information to a specified public authority.

(3) The registrar may require such information or evidence to be verified in such manner as the registrar may direct.

(4) The specified public authority must inform the registrar immediately of any change in respect of any statement delivered to the registrar pursuant to Schedule 2 or information or evidence provided for the purpose of enabling the registrar to determine whether to disclose restricted DOB information.

(5) The public authorities specified for the purposes of section 1087B(2) are set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

Permitted disclosure by the registrar to credit reference agencies

3.—(1) The registrar may disclose restricted DOB information to a credit reference agency where the conditions specified in paragraphs 6 to 10 of Schedule 2 are satisfied.

(2) The registrar may rely on a statement delivered to the registrar by a credit reference agency under paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 as sufficient evidence of the matters stated in it.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), a credit reference agency shall deliver to the registrar such information or evidence in addition to the statement required by paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 as the registrar may direct for the purpose of enabling the registrar to determine in accordance with these Regulations whether to disclose restricted DOB information to a credit reference agency.

(4) The registrar may require such information or evidence to be verified in such manner as the registrar may direct.

(5) The credit reference agency must inform the registrar immediately of any change in respect of any statement delivered to the registrar pursuant to Schedule 2 or information or evidence provided for the purpose of enabling the registrar to determine whether to disclose restricted DOB information.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

17th September 2015

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