Companies (1986 Order) (Directors' Report) (Statement of Payment Practice) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Published: 1997-11-17

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1997 No. 501

COMPANIES
Companies (1986 Order) (Directors' Report) (Statement of Payment Practice) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

Made
17th November 1997

To be laid before Parliament under paragraph 3(3) of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 1974

Coming into operation
31st December 1997

The Department of Economic Development(1), in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Article 265 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(2) and of every other power enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Companies (1986 Order) (Directors' Report) (Statement of Payment Practice) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 and shall come into operation on 31st December 1997.

(2) In these Regulations, “the 1986 Order” means the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

Inclusion of payment practice in report

2.—(1) In paragraph (4) of Article 242 of the 1986 Order(3) (duty to prepare directors' report) in the entry relating to Part VI of Schedule 7 (company’s policy on the payment of creditors), after the word “policy” insert the words “and practice”.

(2) For Part VI of Schedule 7(4) to the 1986 Order substitute the following Part—

“Part VIPolicy and Practice on Payment of Creditors

12.—(1) This Part applies to the directors report for a financial year if—

(a)the company was at any time within the financial year a public company, or

(b)the company did not qualify as small or medium-sized in relation to the financial year by virtue of Article 255 and was at any time within the year a member of a group of which the parent company was a public company.

(2) The report shall state, with respect to the next following financial year—

(a)whether in respect of some or all of its suppliers it is the company’s policy to follow any code or standard on payment practice and, if so, the name of the code or standard and the place where information about, and copies of, the code or standard can be obtained,

(b)whether in respect of some or all of its suppliers it is the company’s policy—

(i)to settle the terms of payment with those suppliers when agreeing the terms of each transaction,

(ii)to ensure that those suppliers are made aware of the terms of payment, and

(iii)to abide by the terms of payment,

(c)where the company’s policy is not as mentioned in head (a) or (b) in respect of some or all of its suppliers, what its policy is with respect to the payment of those suppliers;

and if the company’s policy is different for different suppliers or classes of suppliers, the report shall identify the suppliers to which the different policies apply.

In this sub-paragraph references to the company’s suppliers are references to persons who are or may become its suppliers.

(3) The report shall also state the number of days which bears to the number of days in the financial year the same proportion as X bears to Y where—

X = the aggregate of the amounts which were owed to trade creditors at the end of the year; and

Y = the aggregate of the amounts in which the company was invoiced by suppliers during the year.

(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) a person is a supplier of the company at any time if—

(a)at that time, he is owed an amount in respect of goods or services supplied, and

(b)that amount would be included under the heading corresponding to item E. 4 (trade creditors) in Format 1 if—

(i)the company’s accounts fell to be prepared as at that time,

(ii)those accounts were prepared in accordance with Schedule 4, and

(iii)that Format were adopted.

(5) For the purpose of sub-paragraph (3), the aggregate of the amounts which at the end of the financial year were owed to trade creditors shall be taken to be—

(a)where in the company’s accounts Format 1 of the balance sheet formats set out in Part I of Schedule 4 is adopted, the amount shown under the heading corresponding to item E. 4 (trade creditors) in that Format,

(b)where Format 2 is adopted, the amount which, under the heading corresponding to item C. 4 (trade creditors) in that Format, is shown as falling due within one year, and

(c)where the company’s accounts are prepared in accordance with Schedule 9 or 9A, the amount which would be shown under the heading corresponding to Item E. 4 (trade creditors) in Format 1 if the company’s accounts were prepared in accordance with Schedule 4 and that Format were adopted.”.

Transitional provision

3.  A company may, with respect to a financial year ending on or before 20th January 1998, prepare and deliver to the registrar of companies such annual accounts and annual report as it would have been required to prepare and deliver had these Regulations not been made.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Economic Development on

L.S.
A. L. Brown
Assistant Secretary
17th November 1997.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
These Regulations amend Article 242 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (“the 1986 Order”) and Part VI of Schedule 7 to the 1986 Order.
The Regulations substitute for Part VI of Schedule 7 to the 1986 Order with consequential amendments to Article 242, a new Part set out in regulation 2(2). The new Part VI provides that the directors' report of public companies and large private companies which are subsidiaries of a public company must contain a statement of the company’s policy and practice on payment of its suppliers.
The new Part VI restates the existing provisions of Part VI (statement of the company’s policy on payment of its suppliers) and adds a new requirement to state the company’s practice on payment of its suppliers. The directors' report must state the figure, expressed in days, which bears the same proportion to the number of days in the year as the amount owed to trade creditors at the year end bears to the amounts invoiced by suppliers during the year.
The Regulations will not apply to annual accounts and annual reports prepared and delivered to the registrar of companies in respect of financial years ending on or before 20th January 1998.


(1)
See the definition of “the Department” in Article 2(3) of the 1986 Order

(2)
S.I. 1986/1032 (N.I. 6); Article 265 was inserted into the 1986 Order by Article 22 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 (S.I. 1990/593 (N.I. 5)) in place of an existing Article of that number

(3)
Article 242 was inserted into the 1986 Order by Article 10(1) of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 in place of an existing Article of that number and was amended by regulation 4 of S.R. 1997 No. 314

(4)
Part VI of Schedule 7 was added by regulation 13(5) of S.R. 1997 No. 314
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