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The Deregulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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6.—(1) In section 38 (obligation to appoint auditors) in subsection (1) (obligation to appoint qualified auditor in each year of account) after “Subject to the following provisions of this section” there shall be inserted “and section 38A(1)”.

(2) After that section there shall be inserted—

Power of registered societies to disapply section 38.

38A.(1) Subject to subsections (3) and (4), a registered society may disapply section 38 in relation to any year of account beginning on or after the day on which the Deregulation (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 comes into operation if—

(a)the value of its assets at the end of the preceding year of account did not in the aggregate exceed £1,400,000, and

(b)its turnover for that year did not exceed £350,000.

(2) The power conferred by subsection (1) shall be exercisable by resolution passed at a general meeting at which—

(a)less than 20 per cent. of the total votes cast are cast against the resolution, and

(b)less than 10 per cent. of the members of the society for the time being entitled under the society’s rules to vote cast their votes against the resolution.

(3) Subsection (1) shall not apply to a registered society which—

(a)is registered in the register of housing associations maintained by the Department of the Environment,

(b)is, or has, a subsidiary,

(c)prepares accounts under the [SR 1994 No. 429] Insurance Accounts Directive (Miscellaneous Insurance Undertakings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994, or

(d)holds, or has, at any time since the end of the preceding year of account, held, a deposit within the meaning of the [1987 c. 22.] Banking Act 1987, other than a deposit in form of withdrawable share capital.

(4) The registrar may by notice to a registered society disapply subsection (1) in relation to the year of account of the society in which the notice is given.

(5) Where a registered society exercises the power conferred by subsection (1), the disapplication shall cease to have effect if, at any time before the end of the year of account to which it relates—

(a)the society becomes one to which subsection (3) applies, or

(b)the registrar gives the society notice under subsection (4).

(6) In the case of a registered society which is a charity within the meaning of the [1964 c. 33 (N.I.).] Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 1964, subsection (1) shall have effect with the substitution for paragraph (b) of—

(b)its gross income for that year did not exceed £250,000..

(7) For a period which is a registered society’s year of account, but not in fact a year, the maximum figure in subsection (1)(b) (including that provision as it has effect by virtue of subsection (6)) shall be proportionately adjusted.

(8) In this section, “turnover”, in relation to a registered society, means the amounts derived from the provision of goods and services falling within the society’s activities, after deduction of—

(a)trade discounts,

(b)value added tax, and

(c)any other taxes based on the amounts so derived..

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