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(b)with which, by virtue of section 12(2) of the M3Savings Banks Act 1929, were amalgamated such stock registers as by virtue of the M4Savings Banks Act 1880 had been established by savings banks authorities; and
(c)of which the name was changed from the Post Office register to the National Savings Stock Register by section 108(1) of the M5Post Office Act 1969,
shall continue in existence by the name of the National Savings Stock Register and is hereafter in this Act referred to as “the register”.
(2)The register, . . . F1, shall continue to be kept by the Director of Savings.
[F2(3)Any description of government stock which is not for the time being included in Part I of Schedule 11 to the Finance Act 1942 may be registered in the register.]
(1)[F3The appropriate authority] may make regulations with respect to the keeping of the register and stock registered therein, and in particular with respect to—
(a)investments in and sales of stock so registered and the receipt and payment of interest thereon;
(b)the manner in which and the conditions subject to which stock may be transferred F4. . . from the name of the holder registered in the register to that of any other person registered or to be registered therein F4. . .;
[F5(bb)the redemption of stock registered in the register;]
(c)the commissions and fees payable in respect of dealings in stock registered in the register;
(d)the maximum amount of stock which may be registered in the register in any one holding in any one year or at any one time and the exceptions which are to be allowed from any such limits in the case of friendly societies, trade unions or other similar bodies;
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F6
(2)Regulations under this section—
F7(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
F7(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(c)may apply with such modifications as appear necessary or expedient, to stock registered in the register F8. . ., any of the provisions of the M6National Debt Act 1870, subsections (1) to (6) of section 5 of the M7Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act 1955 or any Act, regulation or warrant relating to savings banks;
(d)may direct that all or any of the provisions of the regulations shall, with such modifications as appear necessary or expedient, apply and be deemed always to have applied to stock issued before the date on which the regulations come into force as they apply to stock issued after that date;
(e)may contain such consequential and supplemental provisions as appear necessary or expedient for giving full effect to the regulations.
(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F9
In the event of the redemption of any government stock, the register may be closed for transfers of stock for not more than one month immediately preceding the redemption date.
(1)If a dispute arises between the Director of Savings and the holder of any stock registered in the register or a person claiming to be entitled to any such stock, the matter in dispute shall be referred in writing to a person (“the adjudicator”) appointed under section 84 of the Friendly Societies Act 1992.
(2)On a reference under the foregoing subsection the adjudicator may proceed ex parte on notice in writing sent by post to the Director of Savings, and may inspect the register and may administer oaths to any witnesses appearing before him, and his award on the matter in dispute shall be final and binding on all parties.]
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(1)In the case of the death of a person entitled to stock registered in the register, the production—
(a)of probate or letters of administration granted by any court in the Isle of Man or in any of the Channel Islands having authority to grant the same; or
(b)of a certified copy of probate or letters of administration so granted,
shall be sufficient authority to [F12the appropriate authority], . . . F13, to transfer the stock to the person to whom the probate or letters of administration were granted or as directed by that person; [F12the Director of Savings] shall not transfer stock in pursuance of this section except on production to it of a certificate from the Commissioners of Inland Revenue showing either that all death duties payable in Great Britain in respect of the stock have been paid or that no duty is payable in Great Britain in respect thereof.
(2)Where any stock is transferred in pursuance of this section [F14the appropriate authority and the National Debt Commissioners] shall, notwithstanding the invalidity of or any defect in the probate or letters of administration, be freed, discharged and indemnified from and against all proceedings of any kind whatsoever brought against them by any person whatsoever for or in respect of the transfer of the stock.
(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F15
(4)Subsection (1) of this section shall have effect in its application to Northern Ireland with the substitution of references to Northern Ireland for the references to Great Britain and of a reference to the Minister of Finance for Northern Ireland for the reference to the Commissioners of Inland Revenue.
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