§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what check is made on the accounts and positions of companies which lodge their accounts late at Companies house.
§ Mr. Redwood
[holding answer 30 November 1990]: Companies house carries out certain basic checks on all accounts lodged with it, but the contents are not scrutinised in detail except in response to specific complaints. Companies house takes various steps to pursue companies which have failed to submit accounts on time.