The Government has announced measures to allow directors who are under threat of violence to keep their home addresses private.
Measures in an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Police Bill will be designed to protect directors from the kind of violence experienced by directors and employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Animal rights activists in the last few months targeted the company, which conducts legitimate medical research on animals.
At present all directors must file their residential address, available for inspection at Companies House.
The new clause will allow directors who are at serious risk of violence or intimidation to apply to the Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers for permission to file a service address instead of their home address.
Byers said, “Urgent action is required and the government is therefore introducing a clause which will protect directors at genuine risk of violence.”