233. Disqualification Orders: General
(1) In the circumstances specified below the Registrar may, and under section shall 238 (duty of Registrar to disqualify unfit directors of insolvent companies), make against a person a disqualification order that, for a period specified in the order −
(a) he shall not be a director of a company, act as receiver of a company’s property or in any way, whether directly or indirectly, be concerned or take part in the promotion, formation or management of a company unless (in each case) he has permission to do so from the Registrar, and
(b) he shall not act as an insolvency practitioner.
(2) In each section of these Regulations which gives the Registrar the power or, as the case may be, imposes on him the duty to make a disqualification order, there is specified the maximum (and, in section 238 (duty of Registrar to disqualify unfit directors of insolvent companies), the minimum) period of disqualification which may or (as the case may be) must be imposed by means of the order.
(3) Unless the Registrar otherwise specifies, the period of disqualification so imposed shall begin at the end of the period of 21 days beginning with the date of the order.
(4) Where a disqualification order is made against a person who is already subject to such an order or to a disqualification undertaking, the periods specified in those orders or, as the case may be, in the order and the undertaking shall run concurrently.
(5) A disqualification order may be made on grounds which are or include matters other than criminal convictions, notwithstanding that the person in respect of whom it is to be made may be criminally liable in respect of those matters.
(6) The Registrar may make an order (a “delegation order”) for the purpose of enabling functions of the Registrar under this chapter to be exercised by the Financial Services Regulator.
(7) A delegation order has the effect of transferring to the Financial Services Regulator designated by it all functions of the Registrar under this chapter subject to such exceptions and reservations as may be specified in the order.
(8) A delegation order may confer on the Financial Services Regulator such other functions supplementary or incidental to those transferred as appear to the Registrar to be appropriate.
(9) A delegation order may be amended or, if it appears to the Registrar that it is no longer in the public interest that the order should remain in force, revoked by a further order under this section.
(10) Where functions are transferred or resumed, the Registrar may by order confer or, as the case may be, take away such other functions supplementary or incidental to those transferred or resumed as appear to him to be appropriate.