HC Deb 22 June 1915 vol 72 cc1033-4

asked the Attorney-General whether his attention has been called to the case of the Continental Tyre Company v. Daimler (reported in 1915, 1 K.B. 893); whether the effect of such decision is that a company registered in England under the Companies Acts may, although all its shareholders and directors are German alien enemies, sue for and recover debts due to them in the Courts of this country; and whether, in view of the fact that in the opinion of such eminent authorities on company law as Lord Lindley and Lord Wrenbury this decision is wrong, he will, at an early date, introduce legislation to place the law on the subject on a sound and rational basis?


The answer to the first two parts of the question is in the affirmative. I am aware that some eminent judges have differed from the view taken by the majority of the Court of Appeal in the case referred to. Personally I should be glad if the law on the subject could be placed on some more satisfactory basis, but the matter is one of considerable complication, and I shall be glad to receive and consider any suggestions from my hon. and learned Friend.