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Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL5719, tabled on 26 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks were made by Companies House to establish the authenticity of a director of Spypriest Limited who gave his name as "Joseph Smith Jr" and listed a number of implausible occupations in association with the company registration; and whether they have taken any action against the company, or individuals associated with it, for incorrect filing at Companies House.

Answered on

7 February 2022

We are unable to comment on individual cases.

We announced plans to reform Companies House in September 2020, and in 2021 we consulted on more detailed aspects of the reforms, and we will respond soon. The Government’s plans will deliver significant improvements to the integrity of the UK’s register of companies and assist greatly in the fight against economic crime.

When parliamentary time allows, the Government intends to bring forward legislation to give the Registrar greater powers to check information before it is registered and to verify the identity of directors, People with Significant Control and those filing on behalf of a company.