§ Mr. Timothy Smith
asked the Minister for Trade who are the members of the advisory panel on company law; and what matters are under current consideration by the panel.
§ Dr. Vaughan
The members of the Department of Trade's advisory panel on company law, and the present positions held by them, are:462WMr. D. Dawkins (Assistant Director, Bank of England).Mr. F. H. Fearn (Secretary, Allied Lyons PLC).Professor L. C. B. Gower (Research Adviser on Company Law to the Department of Trade).Mr. H. W. Higginson, CBE, MC (lately Senior Partner, Herbert Smith and Co.).Professor R. B. Jack (Professor of Mercantile Law, University of Glasgow and a Senior Partner, McGrigor Donald and Co.).Mr. J. D. Keir, QC (Group Secretary, Unilever PLC).Mr. J. R. Knight (Chief Executive, Stock Exchange).Mr. P. Rutteman (Arthur Young McClelland Moores & Co.).Mr. R. I. Tricker (Director of the Corporate Policy Group, Nuffield College, Oxford).Mr. A. V. Cook (Head of Accounting Research, Shell) and Mr. M. D. Couve (Speechly Bircham and Co.) act as alternates to Mr. Keir; andMr. J. B. Jackson (Director, Philips Industries) acts as alternate to Mr. Tricker.
The panel, of which the chairman is a deputy secretary in my Department, considers a wide range of issues and its advice is given in confidence. Its terms of reference are:To assist the Department of Trade, as and when so requested, in reviewing the desirable development of company law and proposals for change; similarly to advise the Department on changes designed to improve the operations of the Companies and related Acts in the light of modern conditions and practices; and to advise on such other particular matters concerning company law as the Department may refer to them from time to time.