I move amendment No. a221a:
In page 121, subsection (1), line 27, to delete "A petition" and substitute "Subject to subsection (2), a petition".
The provisions of the Insurance (No. 2) Act, 1983, and the Central Bank Act, 1989, deal among other things with rescue situations in the case of insurance companies and licensed banks. These provisions are specifically tailored to the circumstances of each of the sectors concerned. In these circumstances, consideration had to be given as to whether and if so to what extent the more general provision of the Companies Bill relating to company rescue should apply to insurance or banking areas. I am satisfied that the facility to appoint an examiner to companies in both these areas could be useful, provided certain safeguards are also installed. What I propose, therefore, is to limit the right to petition the courts, in the case of insurance companies, to the Minister for Industry and Commerce and, in the case of licensed banks, to the Central Bank. I consider that restricting the potential use of Part IX in this way will avoid undesirable situations arising if the other parties specified in section 156, could petition the courts — such application by other parties could, of course, cut across the exercise by the Minister or the Central Bank of the respective supervisory roles under existing legislation.