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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 [F1the appropriate authority], . . . F2, to transfer the stock to the person to whom the probate or letters of administration were granted or as directed by that person; [F1the 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 [F3the 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.
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(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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