Before the [F4FCA] allows any person to inspect any document held by it in connection with this Act, or provides any person with a copy of any such document (or part of such document), it may charge that person a reasonable fee.]
Stamp duty shall not be chargeable upon any of the following documents, that is to say—
(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F5
(b)a policy of insurance or appointment or revocation of appointment of an agent or other document required or authorised by this Act or by the rules of a registered society or branch.
(1)A land transaction effected by or in consequence of—
(a)an amalgamation together of two or more registered societies under section 82; or
(b)a transfer of engagements under that section,
is exempt from charge for the purposes of stamp duty land tax.
(2)Relief under this section must be claimed in a land transaction return or an amendment of such a return.
(3)In this section—
“land transaction” has the meaning given by section 43(1) of the Finance Act 2003;
“land transaction return” has the meaning given by section 76(1) of that Act.]
(1)Subject to any exceptions or conditions prescribed by regulations of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State shall at the request of any person claiming benefit from a registered friendly society or branch provide the society or branch for the purposes of the claim with a copy or abstract of any medical certificate relating to that person and supplied by him to the Secretary of State for purposes of the enactment relating to F8. . . social security.
(2)Where the Secretary of State furnishes a registered friendly society or branch, in connection with a claim for benefit from the society or branch, with information relating to a claim or award under those enactments, the expenses incurred in connection therewith by the Secretary of State or any other Government Department shall be treated as expenses in carrying those enactments into effect.
[F9(2A)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland, references to the Secretary of State shall be construed as references to the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland.]
(3)Until the amendments of section 9 of the M1Friendly Societies Act 1955 made by section 100(2)(a) of and paragraph 17 of Schedule 27 to the M2Social Security Act 1973 come into force the foregoing provisions of this section shall have effect as set out in Schedule 7 to this Act.
Anyprovision in the rules of a registered society or branch which purports to deprive persons of membership of the society or branch or of any interest therein by reason of their service in any of the naval, military or air forces of the Crown . . . shall be of no effect, and no person shall be fined for failure to attend any meeting of the society or branch or otherwise to comply with the rules thereof if the failure was due to his or her service as mentioned in this subsection.
(1)The Treasury may make regulations with respect to—
F10(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(b)the seal to be used [F11by the [F12FCA] for the registration of any society or document (including any amendment to any document) under this Act, the [F13Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014], the Building Societies Act 1986, or the Friendly Societies Act 1992, or otherwise for sealing any document for the purposes of this Act or any of those Acts];
(d)the inspection of documents kept by the [F12FCA] under this Act;
and generally for carrying this Act into effect.
(2)Any power of the Treasury, [F16or the Secretary of State] to make regulations under this Act shall be exercisable by statutory instrument and a statutory instrument made in the exercise of any such power, other than an instrument containing only regulations under section F17. . . 42 above, shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
F18(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
F19(2) Any document purporting to have been signed by a person authorised to do so on behalf of the [F21FCA or the PRA], and every document purporting to be signed by any inspector or public valuer under this Act, shall, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, be received in evidence without proof of the signature.
F19(2A) In subsections (1) and (2), “document” means any document issued, received or created by the [F21FCA or the PRA] (or, as the case may be, by any inspector or public valuer under this Act) for the purposes of or in connection with this Act.]
(3)All documents required by this Act to be sent to the [F20FCA] shall be deposited with the rules of the societies to which the documents respectively relate and shall be registered or recorded by the [F20FCA], with such observations thereon, if any, as [F22it considers appropriate].