The directors are responsible for preparing the Directors’ Report, including the Directors’ Remuneration Report, and the Group and parent company financial statements in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the directors to prepare financial statements for each financial year. Under that law the directors have prepared the Group financial statements in accordance with [International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)] as adopted by the European Union and the parent company financial statements in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (United Kingdom Accounting Standards and applicable law). In preparing the Group financial statements, the directors have also elected to comply with IFRS issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
Under company law, the directors must not approve the financial statements unless they are satisfied that they give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the Group and the Company and of the profit or loss of the Group and the Company for that period. In preparing these financial statements, the directors are required to:
- select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
- make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
- state whether IFRS as adopted by the European Union and IFRS issued by IASB, and applicable UK Accounting Standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the Group and Company financial statements respectively; and
- prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the Company will continue in business.
The directors are responsible for keeping adequate accounting records that are sufficient to show and explain the Company and the Group’s transactions and disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Company and the Group and enable them to ensure that the financial statements and the Directors’ Remuneration Report comply with the Companies Act 2006 and, as regards the Group financial statements, Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Company and the Group and for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
The directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Company’s. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.
(a) the financial statements, prepared in accordance with the applicable set of accounting standards, give a true and fair view of the assets, liabilities, financial position and profit or loss of the Company and the Group as a whole; and
(b) the Directors’ Report includes a fair review of the development and performance of the business and the position of the Company and Group as a whole, together with a description of the principal risks and uncertainties that they face.
Each of the directors who held office at the date of approval of this Directors’ Report confirms that, so far as they are aware, there is no relevant audit information of which the Company’s auditors are unaware and each of the directors has taken all reasonable steps they ought to have taken as directors to ascertain any relevant audit information and to ensure that the Company’s auditors are aware of such information. This confirmation is given in accordance with section 418(2) of the Companies Act 2006.
By order of the Board
G J TIMMS
13 March 2012