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F1Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

(1)In section 86 of the M1Finance Act 1986 (introduction) after subsection (3) there shall be added—

(4)Stamp duty reserve tax shall be chargeable in accordance with the provisions of this Part of this Act—

(a)whether the agreement, transfer, issue or appropriation in question is made or effected in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, and

(b)whether or not any party is resident or situate in any part of the United Kingdom.

(2)The amendment made by subsection (1) above shall have effect—

(a)in relation to an agreement, if—

(i)the agreement is conditional and the condition is satisfied on or after 1st July 1996; or

(ii)the agreement is not conditional and is made on or after that date; and

(b)in relation to a transfer, issue or appropriation made or effected on or after that date.]

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F2Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII and s. 188 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 20 Pt. V(2), Notes 1, 2 of the amending Act) by 1999 c. 16, s. 138, Sch. 20 Pt. V(2)

(1)In section 87 of the M2Finance Act 1986 (the principal charge) in subsection (2) (tax charged on the expiry of the period of two months beginning with the relevant day unless the first and second conditions are fulfilled before that period expires) the following shall be omitted—

(a)the words “ the expiry of the period of two months beginning with ”, and

(b)the words from “ unless ” to the end.

(2)In section 88 of that Act (special cases) in subsection (1) (which provides for instruments on which stamp duty is not chargeable by virtue of certain enactments to be disregarded for the purposes of section 87(4) and (5)) before paragraph (a) there shall be inserted—

(aa)section 65(1) of the M3Finance Act 1963 (renounceable letters of allotment etc),

(ab)section 14(1) of the M4Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1963 (renounceable letters of allotment etc.),.

(3)Subsections (2) and (3) of that section (which are superseded by subsection (2) above) shall cease to have effect.

(4)In section 92(1) of that Act (repayment or cancellation of tax where the conditions in section 87(4) and (5) are shown to have been fulfilled after the expiry of the period of two months beginning with the relevant day but before the expiry of six years so beginning)—

(a)for “after the expiry of the period of two months (beginning with the relevant day, as defined in section 87(3))” there shall be substituted “ on or after the relevant day (as defined in section 87(3)) ”; and

(b)for “(so beginning)” there shall be substituted “ (beginning with that day) ”.

(5)The amendments made by this section shall have effect in relation to an agreement to transfer securities if—

(a)the agreement is conditional and the condition is satisfied on or after 1st July 1996; or

(b)the agreement is not conditional and is made on or after that date.]

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F3Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

(1)In section 88 of the Finance Act 1986 (special cases) after subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A)An instrument on which stamp duty is not chargeable by virtue of section 186 of the Finance Act 1996 (transfers of securities to members of electronic transfer systems etc) shall be disregarded in construing section 87(4) and (5) above unless—

(a)the transfer is made by a stock exchange nominee; and

(b)the maximum stamp duty chargeable on the instrument, apart from section 186 of the Finance Act 1996, would be 50p;

and in this subsection “stock exchange nominee” means a person designated for the purposes of section 127 of the M5Finance Act 1976 as a nominee of The Stock Exchange by an order made by the Secretary of State under subsection (5) of that section.

(2)This section has effect in relation to an agreement to transfer securities if an instrument is executed on or after 1st July 1996 in pursuance of the agreement.]

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F4Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

(1)In section 88 of the M6Finance Act 1986 (special cases) after subsection (1A) there shall be inserted—

(1B)An instrument on which stamp duty is not chargeable by virtue of section 42 of the M7Finance Act 1930 or section 11 of the M8Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (transfer between associated bodies corporate) shall be disregarded in construing section 87(4) and (5) above in any case where—

(a)the property mentioned in section 42(2)(a) of the Finance Act 1930 or, as the case may be, section 11(2)(a) of the Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 consists of chargeable securities of any particular kind acquired in the period of two years ending with the day on which the instrument was executed; and

(b)the body corporate from which the conveyance or transfer there mentioned is effected acquired the chargeable securities—

(i)in a transaction which was given effect by an instrument of transfer on which stamp duty was not chargeable by virtue of section 81 above;

(ii)in pursuance of an agreement to transfer securities as regards which section 87 above did not apply by virtue of section 89 below; or

(iii)in circumstances with regard to which the charge to stamp duty or stamp duty reserve tax was treated as not arising by virtue of regulations under section 116 or 117 of the M9Finance Act 1991.

(2)At the end of that section there shall be added—

(4)For the purposes of subsection (1B) above, if the securities mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection cannot (apart from this subsection) be identified, securities shall be taken as follows, that is to say, securities of the same kind acquired later in the period of two years there mentioned (and not taken under this subsection for the purposes of any earlier instrument) shall be taken before securities acquired earlier in that period.

(5)If, in a case where subsection (4) above applies, some, but not all, of the securities taken in accordance with that subsection were acquired as mentioned in paragraph (b) of subsection (1B) above by the body corporate mentioned in that paragraph, the stamp duty reserve tax chargeable under section 87 above by virtue of subsection (1B) above shall not exceed the tax that would have been so chargeable had the agreement to transfer the securities related only to such of the securities so taken as were so acquired.

(6)Where a person enters into an agreement for securities to be transferred to him or his nominee, the securities shall be treated for the purposes of subsections (1B)(a) and (4) above as acquired by that person at the time when he enters into the agreement, unless the agreement is conditional, in which case they shall be taken to be acquired by him when the condition is satisfied.

(3)This section has effect where the instrument on which stamp duty is not chargeable by virtue of section 42 of the M10Finance Act 1930 or section 11 of the M11Finance Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 is executed on or after 4th January 1996 in pursuance of an agreement to transfer securities made on or after that date.]

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F5Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII and s. 191 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 18 Pt. VII, Note 8 of the amending Act) by 1997 c. 16, s. 113, Sch. 18 Pt. VII

(1)After section 89A of the M12Finance Act 1986 (exceptions from section 87 for public issues) there shall be inserted—

89B Section 87: exceptions for stock lending and collateral security arrangements.

(1)Where a person (P) has contracted to sell chargeable securities of a particular kind in the ordinary course of his business as a market maker in chargeable securities of that kind and, to enable him to fulfil the contract, he enters into an arrangement under which—

(a)another person (Q) is to transfer chargeable securities to P or his nominee, and

(b)in return, chargeable securities of the same kind and amount are to be transferred (whether or not by P or his nominee) to Q or his nominee,

section 87 above shall not apply as regards an agreement to transfer chargeable securities which is made for the purpose of performing the obligation to transfer chargeable securities described in paragraph (a) or (b) above.

(2)Where the arrangement mentioned in subsection (1) above is also one under which—

(a)an amount of chargeable securities of some other kind is to be transferred by P or his nominee to Q or his nominee by way of security for the performance of the obligation described in paragraph (b) of that subsection, and

(b)on performance of that obligation, the securities mentioned in paragraph (a) above, or chargeable securities of the same kind and amount as those securities, are to be transferred to P or his nominee,

section 87 above shall also not apply as regards an agreement to transfer chargeable securities which is made for the purpose of performing the obligation to transfer chargeable securities described in paragraph (a) or (b) above.

(3)Where, to enable Q to make the transfer to P or his nominee which is mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (1) above, Q enters into an arrangement under which—

(a)another person (R) is to transfer chargeable securities to Q or his nominee, and

(b)in return, chargeable securities of the same kind and amount are to be transferred (whether or not by Q or his nominee) to R or his nominee,

section 87 above shall not apply as regards an agreement to transfer chargeable securities which is made for the purpose of performing the obligation to transfer chargeable securities described in paragraph (a) or (b) above.

(4)Where the arrangement mentioned in subsection (3) above is also one under which—

(a)an amount of chargeable securities of some other kind is to be transferred by Q or his nominee to R or his nominee by way of security for the performance of the obligation described in paragraph (b) of that subsection, and

(b)on performance of that obligation, the securities mentioned in paragraph (a) above, or chargeable securities of the same kind and amount as those securities, are to be transferred to Q or his nominee,

section 87 above shall also not apply as regards an agreement to transfer chargeable securities which is made for the purpose of performing the obligation to transfer chargeable securities described in paragraph (a) or (b) above.

(5)For the purposes of this section a person is a market maker in chargeable securities of a particular kind if he—

(a)holds himself out at all normal times in compliance with the rules of The Stock Exchange as willing to buy and sell chargeable securities of that kind at a price specified by him, and

(b)is recognised as doing so by The Stock Exchange.

(6)The Treasury may by regulations provide that for subsection (5) above (as it has effect for the time being) there shall be substituted a subsection containing a different definition of a market maker for the purposes of this section.

(7)Regulations under subsection (6) above shall apply in relation to any agreement to transfer chargeable securities in pursuance of an arrangement entered into on or after such day after 1st July 1996 as is specified in the regulations.

(8)The power to make regulations under subsection (6) above shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the House of Commons.

(2)This section applies in relation to agreements to transfer chargeable securities in pursuance of an arrangement entered into on or after 1st July 1996.]

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F6Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

(1)In consequence of section 188(1) above, subsections (4), (5) and (8) of section 87 of the M13Finance Act 1986 (exemption from stamp duty reserve tax where an instrument is executed etc) shall cease to have effect.

(2)In section 88 of that Act (which provides for instruments on which stamp duty is not chargeable by virtue of certain enactments to be disregarded for the purposes of section 87(4) and (5)) in subsections (1), (1A) and (1B) for “section 87(4) and (5) above” there shall be substituted “ section 92(1A) and (1B) below ”.

(3)In section 92 of that Act (repayment or cancellation of tax) in subsection (1) (which refers to the conditions in section 87(4) and (5))—

(a)for “section 87(4) and (5)” there shall be substituted “ subsections (1A) and (1B) below ”; and

(b)for “the following provisions of this section shall apply” there shall be substituted “ subsections (2) to (4A) of this section shall apply ”.

(4)After that subsection, there shall be inserted—

(1A)The first condition is that an instrument is (or instruments are) executed in pursuance of the agreement and the instrument transfers (or the instruments between them transfer) to B or, as the case may be, to his nominee all the chargeable securities to which the agreement relates.

(1B)The second condition is that the instrument (or each instrument) transferring the chargeable securities to which the agreement relates is duly stamped in accordance with the enactments relating to stamp duty if it is an instrument which, under those enactments, is chargeable with stamp duty or otherwise required to be stamped.

(5)At the end of that section there shall be added—

(6)In this section “the enactments relating to stamp duty” means the M14Stamp Act 1891 and any enactment which amends or is required to be construed together with that Act.

(6)The amendments made by this section shall have effect in relation to an agreement to transfer securities if—

(a)the agreement is conditional and the condition is satisfied on or after 1st July 1996; or

(b)the agreement is not conditional and is made on or after that date.]

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F7Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

(1)Section 93 of the Finance Act 1986 (depositary receipts) shall be amended in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(2)In subsection (1) (charge to stamp duty reserve tax where certain things are done in pursuance of an arrangement) in paragraph (b) (transfer or issue to, or appropriation by, a person falling within subsection (3))—

(a)after “transferred or issued to” there shall be inserted “ the person mentioned in paragraph (a) above or ”; and

(b)for “such a person” there shall be substituted “ the person mentioned in paragraph (a) above or a person falling within subsection (3) below ”.

(3)In subsection (6) (payment by instalments) in paragraph (d) (instrument received by person falling within subsection (3)) for “subsection (3)” there shall be substituted “ subsection (2) or (3) ”.

(4)This section has effect—

(a)so far as relating to the charge to tax under section 93(1) of the M15Finance Act 1986, where securities are transferred, issued or appropriated on or after 1st July 1996 (whenever the arrangement was made);

(b)so far as relating to the charge to tax under section 93(10) of that Act, in relation to instalments payable on or after 1st July 1996.]

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F8Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII and s. 194(2)(b)(4)(b) repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 18 Pt. VII, Note 8 of the amending Act) by 1997 c. 16, s. 113, Sch. 18 Pt. VII

(1)In section 87 of the Finance Act 1986, in subsection (6) (which specifies the rate at which stamp duty reserve tax under that section is charged) for “50p for every £100 or part of £100” there shall be substituted “ 0.5 per cent. ”

(2)In section 93 of that Act (depositary receipts)—

(a)in subsection (4) (rate of charge) for “£1.50 for every £100 or part of £100” there shall be substituted “ 1.5 per cent. ”;

(b)in subsection (5) (which applies subsection (4) with modifications in certain cases where the securities are transferred by a chargeable instrument) for the words from “as if “£1.50” read” onwards there shall be substituted “ as if “1.5 per cent.” read “1 per cent.” ; and

(c)in subsection (10) (payment in instalments etc) in paragraph (b), for “£1.50 for every £100 or part of £100” there shall be substituted “ 1.5 per cent. of the amount ”.

(3)Section 94(8) of that Act (which defines “the day of The Stock Exchange reforms” for the purposes of section 93(5) and which becomes unnecessary in consequence of the amendment made by subsection (2)(b) above) shall be omitted.

(4)In section 96 of that Act (clearance services)—

(a)in subsection (2) (rate of charge) for “£1.50 for every £100 or part of £100” there shall be substituted “ 1.5 per cent. ”;

(b)in subsection (3) (which applies subsection (2) with modifications in certain cases where the securities are transferred by a chargeable instrument) for the words from “as if “£1.50” read” onwards there shall be substituted “ as if “1.5 per cent.” read “1 per cent.” ; and

(c)in subsection (8) (payment in instalments etc) in paragraph (b), for “£1.50 for every £100 or part of £100” there shall be substituted “ 1.5 per cent. of the amount ”.

(5)Section 96(12) of that Act (which defines “the day of The Stock Exchange reforms” for the purposes of subsection (3) and which becomes unnecessary in consequence of the amendment made by subsection (4)(b) above) shall be omitted.

(6)In section 99 of that Act (interpretation) after subsection (12) there shall be added—

(13)Where the calculation of any tax in accordance with the provisions of this Part results in an amount which is not a multiple of one penny, the amount so calculated shall be rounded to the nearest penny, taking any½p as nearest to the next whole penny above.

(7)Subsections (1) to (5) above have effect in accordance with the following provisions of this subsection, that is to say—

(a)in relation to the charge to tax under section 87 of the M16Finance Act 1986, subsection (1) above applies where—

(i)the agreement to transfer is conditional and the condition is satisfied on or after 1st July 1996; or

(ii)the agreement is not conditional and is made on or after 1st July 1996;

(b)in relation to the charge to tax under section 93(1) of that Act, paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) above apply where securities are transferred, issued or appropriated on or after 1st July 1996 (whenever the arrangement was made) and subsection (3) above has effect accordingly;

(c)in relation to the charge to tax under section 93(10) of that Act, paragraph (c) of subsection (2) above applies in relation to instalments payable on or after 1st July 1996;

(d)in relation to the charge to tax under section 96(1) of that Act, paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (4) above apply where securities are transferred or issued on or after 1st July 1996 (whenever the arrangement was made) and subsection (5) above has effect accordingly;

(e)in relation to the charge to tax under section 96(8) of that Act, paragraph (c) of subsection (4) above applies in relation to instalments payable on or after 1st July 1996.]

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F9Ss. 186-196 repealed (with effect as mentioned in Sch. 41 Pt. VII, Note 4 of the amending Act) by 1996 c. 8, s. 205, Sch. 41 Pt. VII

In section 98 of the M17Finance Act 1986 (Treasury regulations with respect to administration etc) after subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A)The power conferred on the Treasury by subsection (1) above includes power to make provision conferring or imposing on the Board functions which involve the exercise of a discretion.]

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