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12Transfer schemes at end of franchising agreementsE+W+S

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(1)This section applies where a franchise agreement is or has been in force.

(2)The appropriate national authority may make a scheme for the transfer, at or after the end of the franchise period, of relevant franchise assets from the franchise company to a person specified in subsection (3), or to two or more of those persons.

(3)Those persons are—

(a)the Secretary of State;

(b)the Scottish Ministers;

(c)a company which is wholly owned by the Secretary of State or the Scottish Ministers;

(d)a company which is jointly owned by the Secretary of State and the Scottish Ministers; and

(e)a franchise company.

(4)Before making a scheme under this section, the appropriate national authority must consult every person to whom relevant franchise assets would be transferred under the proposed scheme.

(5)On the day on which a scheme made under this section comes into force—

(a)the transferee or transferees must pay to the transferor, or

(b)the transferor must pay to the transferee or transferees,

such sums as may be specified in, or determined in accordance with, the franchise agreement.

(6)Subsection (5) is subject to any other agreement between the transferor and the transferee or transferees.

(7)Schedule 2 (which contains supplemental provisions about transfer schemes) has effect in relation to schemes under this section.

(8)In this section—

  • the appropriate national authority” means—

    (a)

    in relation to a franchise agreement to which the Secretary of State is a party, the Secretary of State; and

    (b)

    in relation to a franchise agreement to which the Scottish Ministers are a party, the Scottish Ministers;

  • franchise company” means a person who is, or is to be, the franchisee or the franchise operator under a franchise agreement;

  • relevant franchise assets” means property, rights and liabilities which, immediately before the end of the franchise period which is ending or has ended, will be or were designated as franchise assets for the purposes of the agreement;

  • transferee”, in relation to a scheme, means a person to whom property, rights or liabilities are transferred in accordance with the scheme; and

  • transferor”, in relation to a scheme, means the person from whom property, rights or liabilities are transferred in accordance with the scheme.

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