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Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill

This is the text of the Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill, as passed by the House of Commons and introduced in the House of Lords on 10th May 1999.

 
 
  
Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES
Clause 
1.Approval to be required for company or business names including the expression "chamber of commerce".
2.Approval of certain company names.
3.Approval of certain business names.
4.Relevant representative bodies.
5.Citation, commencement and extent.
 


 

 
 
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Make provision concerning the approval of company or business names containing the expression "chamber of commerce" or any related expression; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
 

Approval to be required for company or business names including the expression "chamber of commerce".     1. It is the duty of the Secretary of State to secure that the expression "chamber of commerce" and its Welsh equivalent ("siambr fasnach") is specified-
 
 
    (a) in regulations under section 29(1)(a) of the Companies Act 1985, and
 
    (b) in regulations under section 3(1)(a) of the Business Names Act 1985,
  as an expression for the registration of which as or as part of a company's name, or for the use of which as or as part of a business name, the approval of the Secretary of State is required.
 
Approval of certain company names.     2. - (1) Before determining under section 26(2) of the Companies Act 1985 whether to approve the registration of a company under a name which includes-
 
 
    (a) the expression "chamber of commerce" or "siambr fasnach", or
 
    (b) any other expression for the time being specified in regulations under section 29(1)(a) of the Companies Act 1985 which begins with the words "chamber of" or "chambers of" (or the Welsh equivalents),
  the Secretary of State must consult at least one relevant representative body.
 
      (2) The Secretary of State may publish guidance with respect to factors which may be taken into account in determining whether to approve the registration of a name to which this section applies.
 
Approval of certain business names.     3. - (1) Before determining under section 2(1) of the Business Names Act 1985 whether to approve the carrying on of a business under a name which includes-
 
 
    (a) the expression "chamber of commerce" or "siambr fasnach", or
 
    (b) any other expression for the time being specified in regulations under section 3(1)(a) of the Business Names Act 1985 which begins with the words "chamber of" or "chambers of" (or the Welsh equivalents),
  the Secretary of State must consult at least one relevant representative body.
 
      (2) The Secretary of State may publish guidance with respect to factors which may be taken into account in determining whether to approve the use of a business name to which this section applies.
 
Relevant representative bodies.     4. - (1) The relevant representative bodies for the purposes of this Act are-
 
 
    (a) British Chambers of Commerce;
 
    (b) the body known as Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
      (2) The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (1) by adding to or deleting from it the name of any body (whether corporate or unincorporated).
 
      (3) The power to make an order under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be liable to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
 
Citation, commencement and extent.     5. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Act 1999.
 
      (2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
 
      (3) This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.
 
 

 
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