§ Mr. Skinner
asked the Minister for Trade if he will consider amending the Companies Act 1967 to make the disclosure of political donations by unlimited companies mandatory; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Vaughan
Section 19 of the Companies Act 1967 already obliges an unlimited company to include in the directors' report which it is required to lay before its shareholders in general meeting certain particulars of political contributions made during the financial year. I have no plans to change the general exemption for unlimited companies—in section 1 of the Companies Act 1976—from the requirement to deliver to the registrar copies of documents required to be comprised in the accounts.