Companies Act 1947

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1947 c. 47


Companies Act , 1947.

(10 & 11 Geo. 6.) CHAPTER 47.

An Act to amend the law relating to companies and unit trusts and to dealing in securities, and in connection therewith to amend the law of bankruptcy and the law relating to the registration of business names.

[6th August 1947]

Be it enacted by the King'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:—

I Management and Administration.

Part I.

Management and Administration.

Meetings and proceedings.

Meetings and proceedings.

S-1 Preliminary amendments as to annual general meeting.

1 Preliminary amendments as to annual general meeting.

(1) For subsection (1) of section one hundred and twelve of the principal Act (which requires a company to hold a general meeting once at least in every year and not more than fifteen months after the holding of the last preceding general meeting) there shall be substituted the following subsection:—

(1) Every company shall in each year hold a general meeting as its annual general meeting in addition to any other meetings in that year, and shall specify the meeting as such in the notices calling it; and not more than fifteen months shall elapse between the date of one annual general meeting of a company and that of the next:

Provided that, so long as a company holds its first annual general meeting within eighteen months of its incorporation, it need not hold it in the year of its incorporation or in the following year.’

(2) The power conferred by subsection (3) of the said section one hundred and twelve, where there has been default in holding a company's annual general meeting, to call or direct the calling of a general meeting of the company shall be exercisable by the Board of Trade instead of by the court and shall include power to give such ancillary or consequential directions as the Board think expedient, including directions modifying or supplementing, in relation to the calling, holding and conducting of the meeting, the operation of the company's articles.

(3) A general meeting held in pursuance of the said subsection (3) shall, subject to any directions of the Board of Trade, be deemed to be an annual general meeting of the company; but, where a meeting so held is not held in the year in which the default in holding the company's annual general meeting occurred, the meeting so held shall not be treated as the annual general meeting for the year in which it is held, unless at that meeting the company resolves that it shall be so treated.

(4) Where a company resolves that a meeting shall be so treated, a copy of the resolution shall, within fifteen days after the passing thereof, be forwarded to the registrar of companies and recorded by him, and if a company fails to comply with this subsection, the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be liable to a default fine of two pounds.

(5) If default is made in complying with any directions of the Board of Trade under the said subsection (3), the company, and every officer of the company who is in default, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds.

S-2 Length of notice of meetings and of business thereat.

2 Length of notice of meetings and of business thereat.

(1) For paragraph (a of section one hundred and fifteen of the principal Act (which, subject to the company's articles, provides that a meeting of a company other than a meeting for the passing of a special resolution may be called by seven days' notice in writing) there shall be substituted the following paragraph:—

‘(a ) a company's annual general meeting may be called by twenty-one days' notice in writing, and a meeting of a company other than an annual general meeting or a meeting for the passing of a special resolution may be called by fourteen days' notice in writing or, in the case of an unlimited company, by seven days' notice in writing;’

and, notwithstanding anything in the said subsection (1), any provision of a company's articles shall be void in so far as it provides for the calling of a meeting of the company (other than an adjourned meeting) by shorter notice than that specified in this subsection.

(2) A meeting of a company shall, notwithstanding that it is called by shorter notice than that specified in the foregoing subsection or in the company's articles, as the case may be, be deemed to have been duly called if it is so agreed—

(a ) in the case of a meeting called as the annual general meeting, by all the members entitled to attend and vote thereat; and

(b ) in the case of any other meeting, by a majority in number of the members having a right to attend and vote at the meeting, being a majority together holding not less than ninety-five per cent. in nominal value of the shares giving a right to attend and vote at the meeting, or, in the case of a company not having a share capital, together representing not less than ninety-five per cent. of the total voting rights at that meeting of all the members.

(3) In the proviso to subsection (2) of section one hundred and seventeen of the principal Act (which enables a resolution of which less than twenty-one days' notice has been given to be passed as a special resolution) for the words ‘if all the members entitled to attend and vote at any such meeting so agree’ there shall be substituted the words ‘if it is so agreed by a majority in number of the members having the right to attend and vote at any such meeting, being a majority together holding not less than ninety-five per cent. in nominal value of the shares giving that right or, in the case of a company not having a share capital, together representing not less than ninety-five per cent. of the total voting rights at that meeting of all the members’; and subsection (5) of the said section one hundred and seventeen (which provides for computing the majority on a poll by reference to the votes to which a member is entitled) shall not be taken as applying for the purposes of the said proviso.

(4) In the provisions of the principal Act hereafter mentioned in this subsection there shall be substituted the longer for the shorter time limit so mentioned, that is to say—

(a ) in subsection (2) of section one hundred and thirteen (which requires a directors' report to be sent to members at least seven days before the statutory meeting of a company which is entitled to commence business) fourteen days for seven days;

(b ) in paragraph (a ) of subsection (1) of section one hundred and thirty (which requires copies of the balance sheet and the documents required to be annexed thereto to be circulated not less than seven days before the meeting at which the balance sheet is to be laid before the company) twenty-one days for seven days;

(c ) in proviso (a ) to subsection (4) of section one hundred and thirty-two (which relates to notice of a proposal to appoint other auditors in place of a company's first auditors) fourteen days for seven days.

(5) Any document required to be circulated before a meeting by subsection (2) of the said section one hundred and thirteen, or by paragraph (a ) of subsection (1) of the said section one hundred and thirty, shall, notwithstanding that it is circulated later than is thereby required, be deemed to have been duly circulated if it is so agreed by all the members entitled to attend and vote at the meeting.

(6) Where by any provision hereafter contained in this Act special notice is required of a resolution, the resolution shall not be effective unless notice of the intention to move it has been given to the company not less than twenty-eight days before the meeting at which it is moved, and the company shall give its members notice of any such resolution at the same time and in the same manner as it gives notice of the meeting or, if that is not practicable, shall give them notice thereof, either by advertisement in a newspaper having an appropriate circulation or in any other mode allowed by the articles, not less than twenty-one days before the meeting:

Provided that if, after notice of the intention to move such a resolution has been given to the company, a meeting is called for a date twenty-eight days or less after the notice has been given, the notice though not given within the time required by this subsection shall be deemed to have been properly given for the purposes thereof.

S-3 Circulation of members' resolutions, etc.

3 Circulation of members' resolutions, etc.

(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section it shall be the duty of a company, on the requisition in writing of such number of members as is hereinafter specified and (unless the company otherwise resolves) at the expense of the requisitionists.

(a ) to give to members of the company entitled to receive notice of the next annual general meeting notice of any resolution which may properly be moved and is intended to be moved at that meeting;

(b ) to circulate to members entitled to have notice of any general meeting sent to them any statement of not more than one thousand words with respect to the matter referred to in any proposed resolution or the business to be dealt with at that meeting.

(2) The number of members necessary for a requisition under the foregoing subsection shall be—

(a ) any number of members representing not less than one twentieth of the total voting rights of all the members having at the date of the requisition a right to vote at the meeting to which the requisition relates; or

(b ) not less than one hundred members holding shares in the company on which there has been paid up an average sum, per member, of not less than one hundred pounds.

(3) Notice of any such resolution shall be given, and any such...

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