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Credit Unions Act 1979

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6Minimum and maximum number of members

(1)The minimum number of members of a credit union shall be twenty-one and, accordingly, in the following provisions, namely—

(a)section 2(1) of the 1965 Act, as it applies to registration as a credit union and to an application therefor,

(b)section 16(1)(a)(i) of that Act, as it applies to the cancellation of such a registration,

(c)section 53(2) of that Act, as it applies to the con version of a company into a credit union, and

(d)section 222(d) of the Companies Act 1948 as it applies by virtue of section 55(a) of the 1965 Act to the presentation of a petition for winding up a credit union,

for the word " seven" there shall be substituted the words

twenty-one.

(2)Subject to the following provisions of this section, the maximum number of members of a credit union shall be five thousand.

(3)The Treasury may, after consultation with the chief registrar, by order made by statutory instrument, from time to time amend subsection (2) above so as to substitute for the maximum number of members for the time being provided for in that subsection such other maximum number as may be specified in the order, but no such order shall be made unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(4)Subject to subsection (5) below a society shall not be registered as a credit union if the number of its members exceeds the maximum for the time being provided for in subsection (2) above.

(5)The appropriate registrar may grant exemption from the maximum number for the time being provided for in subsection (2) above—

(a)to a credit union,

(b)to a society or company seeking registration as a credit union, and

(c)in respect of a credit union proposed to be created by amalgamation,

if he is satisfied that exemption would be in the public interest and in the interests of the members and would not jeopardise the existence of a common bond between them.

(6)An exemption under subsection (5) above may be granted on such conditions as the appropriate registrar thinks fit, and those conditions shall include, in particular, a condition that the number of members shall not exceed such other maximum as may be specified by him.

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