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Industrial Assurance (Northern Ireland) Order 1979

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Provisions as to forfeited policiesN.I.

30.—(1) Where notice of the forfeiture of a policy of industrial assurance by reason of default in the payment of any premium thereunder has been served on the owner of the policy, then, if the policy is one—

(a)for the whole term of life or for a term of 50 years or more, and the person whose life is assured under it was over 15 years of age at the time of the default, and not less than five years' premiums have been paid on the policy; or

(b)for a term of 25 years or more, but less than 50 years, and not less than five years' premiums have been paid on it; or

(c)for a term of less than 25 years and not less than three years' premiums have been paid on it;

the owner of the policy shall, on making application for the purpose to the collecting society or industrial assurance company within one year from the date of the service of the notice, be entitled—

(i)to a free paid-up policy for such amount as is mentioned in paragraphs (2) and (3) payable upon the happening of the contingency upon the happening of which the amount assured under the original policy would have been payable or of any other contingency not less favourable to the owner of the policy; or

(ii)if the owner of the policy is permanently resident or submits satisfactory proof of his intention to make his permanent residence outside Northern Ireland, Great Britain, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, or if the person whose life is assured has disappeared and his existence is in doubt, to the surrender value of the forfeited policy ascertained in the manner provided by Article 34 and Schedule 6.

[F1(1A) for the purposes of paragraph (1), “notice” means—

(a)a notice required by Article 29 and served before 1st December 2001; or

(b)a notice required by Article 29 as it continues to have effect by virtue of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments and Savings) (Industrial Assurance) Order 2001, and served on or after 1st December 2001.]

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), the amount of a free paid-up policy so issued shall not be less than such as may be determined in accordance with the rules contained in Schedule 6, and shall be ascertained at the date when the premium following the last premium paid became due.

(3) The amount of the free paid-up policy shall not exceed the difference between the amount of the forfeited policy (inclusive of any bonus added thereto) and the amount which would be assured by a corresponding policy at the same premium effected on the life of the same person according to the age of that person at his birthday next following the date of forfeiture.

Para. (4) rep. by SI 2001/3647

(5) Where the rules of a collecting society or the conditions of a policy are such as would confer on the owner of the policy in case of forfeiture rights more favourable to the owner of the policy than those conferred by this Article, nothing in this Article shall prevent the owner of the policy from claiming under those rules or conditions instead of under this Article.

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