HC Deb 17 January 1974 vol 867 cc149-51W
Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the companies whose affairs are being investigated under the Companies Act, the thousand metric tons, of which home production was negligible. In 1972 home deliveries of potash in terms of K2O were 444 thousand metric tons, all imported. Information relating to the consumption of phosphate rock is not available. In 1972 1,665 thousand metric tons was imported. The other information is not readily available.

dates on which the inspectors were appointed and when he expects to receive their reports.

Sir G. Howe

Investigations under the provisions of the Companies Acts are being made into the affairs of the following public companies and commenced on the dates indicated:—

Section 165 Companies Act 1948

Corton Beach (Holdings) Ltd. 20th April 1970.

Blanes Ltd. 25th June 1971.

Lonrho Ltd. 23rd May 1973.

John Willment Automobiles Ltd. 30th May 1973.

Ardmore International Film Studios Ltd. 15th June 1973.

First Re-Investment Trust Ltd. 10th July 1973.

Nelson Financial Trust Ltd. 10th July 1973.

Ralph Hilton Transport Services Ltd. 10th September 1973.

English & Scottish Unit Trust Holdings Ltd. 10th December 1973.

London & County Securities Group Ltd. 11th January 1974.

Section 164 and Section 172 Companies Act 1948.

Hartley Baird Ltd. 21st September 1973.

Section 32 Companies Act 1967

Kwiksave Discount Group Ltd. 2nd March 1973.

I cannot indicate when I expect to receive final reports.

In addition investigations are being carried out under the provisions of Sections 164 or 165 of the Companies Act into 43 private companies. I do not normally announce investigations made into private companies because there is only limited interest in such inquiries. Inquiries are proceeding under Section 109 of the Companies Act 1967 into 43 private companies. It is not the practice to give information about these, in order to avoid possible damage to the companies concerned.