699. Public company: requirement as to minimum share capital
(1) A company that is a public company (otherwise than by virtue of re-registration as a public company) must not do business or exercise any borrowing powers unless the Registrar has issued it with a certificate under this section (a "trading certificate").
(2) The Registrar shall issue a trading certificate if, on an application made in accordance with section 700, he is satisfied that the company's allotted share capital is not less than the authorised minimum.
(3) For this purpose a share allotted in pursuance of an employees' share scheme shall not be taken into account unless paid up in full.
(4) A trading certificate has effect from the date on which it is issued and is conclusive evidence that the company is entitled to do business and exercise any borrowing powers.