This excerpt taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 21, 2007.
Statement of Directors responsibilities in respect of the Annual Report and Accounts
The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Group and parent company accounts in accordance with applicable law and regulations.
Company law requires the Directors to prepare Group and parent company accounts for each financial year. Under that law they are required to prepare the Group accounts in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU and applicable law and have elected to prepare the parent company accounts in accordance with UK Accounting Standards and applicable law (UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice).
The Group accounts are required by law and IFRSs as adopted by the EU to present fairly the financial position and the performance of the Group; the Companies Act 1985 provides in relation to such financial statements that references in the relevant part of that Act to financial statements giving a true and fair view are references to their achieving a fair presentation.
The parent company accounts are required by law to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the parent company.
In preparing each of the Group and parent company accounts, the Directors are required to:
The Directors are responsible for keeping proper accounting records that disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the parent company and enable them to ensure that its accounts comply with the Companies Act 1985. They have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Group and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.
Under applicable law and regulations, the Directors are also responsible for preparing a Directors Report, Directors Remuneration Report and Corporate Governance Statement that comply with that law and those regulations.
The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the corporate and financial information included on the Companys website. Legislation in the UK governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.