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62 Powers to obtain information and documents etc.U.K.

(1)This section applies to information, documents or other material, or explanations of matters which relate to—

(a)the activities or the plans for future development of a friendly society; or

(b)the activities or the plans for future development of a subsidiary of or body jointly controlled by an incorporated friendly society;

and, in relation to the imposition of requirements under this section, “the purposes of its supervisory functions” means the purposes of the discharge by the [F1Authority] of any of its functions under this Act.

(2)This section does not authorise any requirement in relation to information, documents or other material to be imposed on a subsidiary of or body jointly controlled by an incorporated friendly society unless that subsidiary or body carries on business in the United Kingdom; but a requirement may be imposed under this section on a friendly society in relation to information, documents or other material in the possession or control of a subsidiary of or body jointly controlled by the society which does not carry on business in the United Kingdom.

(3)Subject to subsection (2) above, the [F2Authority] may by notice to a friendly society or to a subsidiary of, or body jointly controlled by, an incorporated friendly society, require the body to which it is addressed—

(a)to furnish to it, within a specified period or at a specified time or times, such specified information as the [F2Authority]considers it needs for the purposes of its supervisory functions;

(b)to produce to it, at a specified time and place, such specified documents or other material as the [F2Authority]considers it needs for the purposes of its supervisory functions;

(c)to provide to it, within a specified period, such explanations of specified matters as the [F2Authority] considers it needs for the purposes of its supervisory functions;

[F3(3A)Subject to subsection (2) above, any person authorised for the purpose by the Authority (“an authorised officer") may, on producing evidence of his authority, require a friendly society or a subsidiary of, or body jointly controlled by, an incorporated friendly society—

(a)to furnish to him forthwith such specified information as the Authority considers it needs for the purposes of its supervisory functions;

(b)to produce to him forthwith such documents or other material as the Authority considers it needs for those purposes;

(c)to provide to him forthwith such explanations of specified matters as the Authority considers it needs for those purposes.]

(4)Where by virtue of subsection (3)(a), (b) or (c) above the [F4Authority has power, or by virtue of subsection (3A) above an authorised officer has power,] to require the furnishing of any information, the production of any document or material or the provision of any explanation by a friendly society, the [F5Authority or authorised officer] shall have the like power as regards any person who—

(a)is or has been an officer, employee or agent of the society [F6or, in the case of a society to which section 37(2) or (3) above applies, a controller or manager of the society], or

(b)in the case of documents or material, appears to the [F5Authority or authorised officer] to have the document or material in his possession or under his control.

(5)Where by virtue of subsection (3)(a), (b) or (c) above the [F7Authority has power, or by virtue of subsection (3A) above an authorised officer has power,] to require the furnishing of any information, the production of any document or material or the provision of any explanation by a subsidiary of or body jointly controlled by an incorporated friendly society, the [F8Authority or authorised officer] shall have the like power as regards any person who—

(a)is or has been an officer, employee or agent of the subsidiary or jointly controlled body, or

(b)in the case of documents or material, appears to the [F8Authority or authorised officer] to have the document or material in his possession or under his control.

F9(5A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(6)Where any person from whom production of a document or material is required under subsection (4) or (5) above claims a lien on the document or material, the production of it shall be without prejudice to the lien.

(7)Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this section shall compel the production—

(a)by a barrister, solicitor, advocate or licensed conveyancer of a document or material contained in a privileged communication or, in Scotland, a communication which is protected from disclosure on the ground of confidentiality, made by him or to him in that capacity or the furnishing of information contained in such communication so made;

(b)by a person who is not a barrister or solicitor of a document or material contained in a communication made by him or to him which is privileged by virtue of section 63 of the M1Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 or the furnishing of information contained in such a communication; or

(c)by an independent qualified conveyancer, an executry practitioner or a recognised financial institution of a document or material contained in a communication made by him or to him which is protected from disclosure by virtue of section 22 of the M2Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990 or the furnishing of information contained in such a communication.

(8)Where, by virtue of subsection (3), [F10(3A),](4) or (5) above, the [F11Authority or an authorised officer] requires the production by a friendly society or other body or any other person of documents or material, the [F12Authority or authorised officer] may—

(a)if the documents or material are not produced, require that person to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where the documents or material are;

(b)if the documents or material are produced, take copies of or extracts from them and require that person or any other person who is or has been an officer, employee or agent of the friendly society or other body, as the case may be, to provide an explanation of the documents or material.

(9)Any person who, when required to do so under this section, fails without reasonable excuse to furnish any information or report, to produce any documents or material, or to provide any explanation or make any statement, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction—

(a)to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale; and

(b)in the case of a continuing offence, to an additional fine not exceeding one tenth of that level for every day during which the offence continues.

(10)Any friendly society which furnishes any information, provides any explanation or makes any statement which is false or misleading in a material particular, shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine; and

(b)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

(11)Any person who knowingly or recklessly furnishes any information, provides any explanation or makes any statement which is false or misleading in a material particular shall be guilty of an offence and liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to a fine or both; and

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

(12)In this section—

  • specified” means specified in a notice under this section; and

  • agent”, in relation to a friendly society or a subsidiary of, or body jointly controlled by, an incorporated friendly society, includes its bankers, accountants, solicitors and auditors and the appropriate actuary.

Textual Amendments

F1Word in s. 62(1) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. 1, para. 76(a) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538 art. 2(1)

F2Words in s. 62(3) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(b) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F3S. 62(3A) inserted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. 1, para. 76(c) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538 art. 2(1)

F4Words in s. 62(4) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(d)(i) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F5Words in s. 62(4) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(d)(ii) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F6S. 62(4)(a) words substitiuted (1.9.1994) by S.I. 1994/1984 reg. 17(1)

F7Words in s. 62(5) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(e)(i) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F8Words in s. 62(5) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(e)(ii) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F10Words in s. 62(8) inserted (17.8 2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3, Pt. 1 para. 76(g)(i) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F11Words in s. 62(8) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S. I. 2001/2617, art. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch.3, Pt. 1 para. 76(g)(ii) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F12Words in s. 62(8) substituted (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8(1), 13(1), Sch. 3 para. 76(g)(iii) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Commencement Information

I1S. 62 wholly in force; s. 62 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 126(2); s. 62 in force for certain purposes at 13.1.1993 by S.I. 1993/16, art. 2, Sch. 1; s. 62 in force for all remaining purposes at 28.4.1993 by S.I. 1993/1186, art. 2(2), Sch. 2

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