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  CHAPTER VI
  INVESTIGATIONS
Power to investigate.     279. - (1) An investigating authority may appoint one or more competent persons to investigate on its behalf-
 
 
    (a) the affairs of, or of the manager or trustee of, any authorised unit trust scheme,
 
    (b) the affairs of, or of the operator, trustee or depositary of, any recognised scheme so far as relating to activities carried on in the United Kingdom, or
 
    (c) the affairs of, or of the operator, trustee or depositary of, any other collective investment scheme except a body incorporated by virtue of regulations under section 257,
       if it appears to the investigating authority that it is in the interests of the participants or potential participants to do so or that the matter is of public concern.
 
      (2) A person appointed under subsection (1) to investigate the affairs of, or of the manager, trustee, operator or depositary of, any scheme (scheme "A"), may also, if he thinks it necessary for the purposes of that investigation, investigate-
 
 
    (a) the affairs of, or of the manager, trustee, operator or depositary of, any other such scheme as is mentioned in subsection (1) whose manager, trustee, operator or depositary is the same person as the manager, trustee, operator or depositary of scheme A;
 
    (b) the affairs of such other schemes and persons (including bodies incorporated by virtue of regulations under section 257 and the directors and depositaries of such bodies) as may be prescribed.
      (3) If the person appointed to conduct an investigation under this section ("B") considers that a person ("C") is or may be able to give information which is relevant to the investigation, B may require C-
 
 
    (a) to produce to B any documents in C's possession or under his control which appear to B to be relevant to the investigation,
 
    (b) to attend before B, and
 
    (c) otherwise to give B all assistance in connection with the investigation which C is reasonably able to give,
       and it is C's duty to comply with that requirement.
 
      (4) Subsections (5) to (9) of section 165 apply if an investigating authority appoints a person under this section to conduct an investigation on its behalf as they apply in the case mentioned in subsection (1) of that section.
 
      (5) Section 169 applies to a statement made by a person in compliance with a requirement imposed under this section as it applies to a statement mentioned in that section.
 
      (6) Subsections (2) to (4) and (6) of section 170 and section 172 have effect as if this section were contained in Part XI.
 
      (7) Subsections (1) to (9) of section 171 apply in relation to a person appointed under subsection (1) as if-
 
 
    (a) references to an investigator were references to a person so appointed;
 
    (b) references to an information requirement were references to a requirement imposed under section 170 or under subsection (3) by a person so appointed;
 
    (c) the premises mentioned in subsection (3)(a) were the premises of a person whose affairs are the subject of an investigation under this section or of an appointed representative of such a person.
      (8) No person may be required under this section to disclose information or produce a document in respect of which he owes an obligation of confidence by virtue of carrying on the business of banking unless subsection (9) or (10) applies.
 
      (9) This subsection applies if-
 
 
    (a) the person to whom the obligation of confidence is owed consents to the disclosure or production; or
 
    (b) the imposing on the person concerned of a requirement with respect to information or a document of a kind mentioned in subsection (8) has been specifically authorised by the investigating authority.
      (10) This subsection applies if the person owing the obligation of confidence or the person to whom it is owed is-
 
 
    (a) the manager, trustee, operator or depositary of any collective investment scheme which is under investigation;
 
    (b) the director of a body incorporated by virtue of regulations under section 257 which is under investigation;
 
    (c) any other person whose own affairs are under investigation.
      (11) "Investigating authority" means the Authority or the Secretary of State.
 
 
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