(1)An instrument which is executed after the commencement of this Act by a registered society whose registered office is in England or Wales and which creates or is evidence of a fixed or floating charge on assets of the society shall not be a bill of sale for the purposes of the Bills of Sale Acts 1878 and 1882 or be invalidated by those Acts if an application for the recording of the charge is made in accordance with subsection (2) of this section.
(2)An application for the recording of a charge in pursuance of the foregoing subsection shall be made by delivering by post or otherwise to the central office, within the period of fourteen days beginning with the date of execution of the instrument which creates or is evidence of the charge or within any extended period allowed under subsection (5) of this section,—
(a)a copy of the instrument authenticated in the prescribed manner and such additional particulars relating to the charge and so authenticated as may be prescribed; and
(b)such fee as may be determined in pursuance of section 70 of the principal Act as applied by this Act.
(3)It shall be the duty of the chief registrar to secure—
(a)that an acknowledgment in the prescribed form of every application made for the purposes of this section is issued to the person by whom the application was made; and
(b)that the copy of the instrument included in such an application, a note of any prescribed particulars so included and a copy of the acknowledgment of the application issued in pursuance of the foregoing paragraph are placed on a file maintained by the central office in respect of the society by whom the instrument was executed ; and
(c)that the file is available for inspection during office hours by members of the public on payment of such fee as may be determined as aforesaid;
and an acknowledgment issued in pursuance of this subsection shall be conclusive evidence that any document specified by the acknowledgment was delivered to the central office on the date so specified.
(4)Without prejudice to the generality of the power to make regulations conferred by section 71 of the principal Act as applied by this Act, regulations under that section may make provision for the giving of notice to the central office of any release, discharge or other transaction relating to any charge in respect of which an application has been made for the purposes of this section and for the inclusion in the file mentioned in subsection (3) of this section of any such notice appearing to the chief registrar to relate to the charge.
(5)If in the case of such an instrument as is mentioned in subsection (1) of this section it appears to the High Court, on the application of the society by whom the instrument was executed or of any other person claiming the benefit of the instrument, that by reason of inadvertence or other sufficient cause—
(a)an application for the recording of the charge to which the instrument relates was not made within the period of fourteen days mentioned in subsection (2) of this section; or
(b)any matters were omitted from or were mis-stated in such an application,
the Court may, on such terms as it thinks fit, order that the period for making such an application shall be extended or, as the case may be, that the omission or mis-statement shall be rectified.
(1)This Part of this Act does not extend to Scotland.
(2)Nothing in this Part of this Act shall apply to a debenture registered under section 14 of the Agricultural Credits Act 1928 (which provides for the registration of debentures of registered societies creating floating charges in favour of banks).