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66 Disciplinary powers.U.K.

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(1)The Authority may take action against a person under this section if—

(a)it appears to the Authority that he is guilty of misconduct; and

(b)the Authority is satisfied that it is appropriate in all the circumstances to take action against him.

(2)A person is guilty of misconduct if, while an approved person—

(a)he has failed to comply with a statement of principle issued under section 64; or

(b)he has been knowingly concerned in a contravention by the relevant authorised person of a requirement imposed on that authorised person by or under this Act [F1or by any directly applicable Community regulation made under the markets in financial instruments directive].

(3)If the Authority is entitled to take action under this section against a person, [F2it may do one or more of the following—]

(a)impose a penalty on him of such amount as it considers appropriate;

[F3(aa)suspend, for such period as it considers appropriate, any approval of the performance by him of any function to which the approval relates;

(ab)impose, for such period as it considers appropriate, such limitations or other restrictions in relation to the performance by him of any function to which any approval relates as it considers appropriate;] or

(b)publish a statement of his misconduct.

[F4(3A)The period for which a suspension or restriction is to have effect may not exceed two years.

(3B)A suspension or restriction may have effect in relation to part of a function.

(3C)A restriction may, in particular, be imposed so as to require any person to take, or refrain from taking, specified action.

(3D)The Authority may—

(a)withdraw a suspension or restriction; or

(b)vary a suspension or restriction so as to reduce the period for which it has effect or otherwise to limit its effect.]

(4)The Authority may not take action under this section after the end of the period of [F5three years] beginning with the first day on which the Authority knew of the misconduct, unless proceedings in respect of it against the person concerned were begun before the end of that period.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4)—

(a)the Authority is to be treated as knowing of misconduct if it has information from which the misconduct can reasonably be inferred; and

(b)proceedings against a person in respect of misconduct are to be treated as begun when a warning notice is given to him under section 67(1).

[F6(5A)Approval” means an approval given under section 59.]

(6)Approved person” has the same meaning as in section 64.

(7)Relevant authorised person”, in relation to an approved person, means the person on whose application approval F7. . . was given.

[F8(8)In relation to any time while a suspension is in force under subsection (3)(aa) in relation to part of a function, any reference in section 59 or 63A to the performance of a function includes the performance of part of a function.

(9)If at any time a restriction imposed under subsection (3)(ab) is contravened, the approval in relation to the person concerned is to be treated for the purposes of sections 59 and 63A as if it had been withdrawn at that time.]

Textual Amendments

F2Words in s. 66(3) inserted (8.6.2010) by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 12(2)(a), 26(2)(b)

F3S. 66(3)(aa)(ab) inserted (8.6.2010) by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 12(2)(b), 26(2)(b)

F4S. 66(3A)-(3D) inserted (8.6.2010) by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 12(3), 26(2)(b)

F5Words in s. 66(4) substituted (8.6.2010) by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 12(4), 26(2)(b)

F7Words in s. 66(7) omitted (8.6.2010) by virtue of by Financial Services Act 2010 (c. 28), ss. 24(1), 26(2)(d)(e), Sch. 2 para. 8(3)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 66 modified (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2657, arts. 1(1), 9 (which was revoked (8.10.2001) by S.I. 2001/3083, arts. 1(2), 23); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

S. 66 modified (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3083, arts. 1(2), 9; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

C3Ss. 66-70 applied (with modifications) (11.2.2010) by The Cross-Border Payments in Euro Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/89), reg. 19, Sch. para. 1

C5S. 66(3)(a) restricted (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3592, arts. 1(2), 60(2) (with art. 23(2))

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