§ Mr. Redwood
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what action her Department is taking to ensure accounts for theNew Statesman and Society are filed. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
[holding answer 12 January 1998]: The Registrar of Companies has responsibility under the Companies Acts 1985 and 1989 for ensuring that up-to-date information on limited companies is available for public inspection.
In line with normal procedures, a letter was sent on 16 December to New Statesman Limited at its registered office warning of the consequences of continued default and requesting that overdue accounts be delivered within one month. Should the company not comply, formal warnings of prosecution proceedings will be sent to the directors.