CBI moves to guard safety of directors

The CBI is urging the Government to introduce legislation to help protect
business leaders from violent extremists.

In its response to the consultation on the Criminal Justice and Police Act
2001, the CBI wants the Government to stop publishing the home addresses of
directors in the registration of businesses at Companies House.

Directors can get a confidentially order if they convince police of a risk,
but the CBI believes that this is not enough.

John Cridland, CBI deputy director-general, said, "It is not acceptable
that company directors and their families should be put in danger when going
about a legitimate business.

"Confidentiality orders are a useful step, but people are not always
aware of danger until it is too late."

The CBI is urging ministers to make the changes in the Companies Bill, a
white paper expected next year, after three animal rights protesters were last
week jailed for sending letters and faxes to staff and shareholders at
Huntington Life Sciences.

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