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Agricultural Credits (Scotland) Act 1929

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1Power to make advances, &c. to agricultural security company

(1)With a view to the incorporation of a company having for its principal objects—

(a)the making of loans on heritable securities over agricultural land;

(b)the making of loans under the Improvement of Lands Acts, 1864 and 1899, for agricultural purposes :

and with a view to securing that loans by such a company shall be made on terms most favourable to the borrowers, it shall be lawful for the Department of Agriculture for Scotland (hereafter referred to as the Department) with the approval of the Treasury to undertake that, if such a company having such objects and complying with the provisions hereinafter contained is incorporated, they will—

(i)make advances to the company (for the purpose of establishing a guarantee fund) not exceeding in the aggregate one hundred and twenty-five thousand pounds, and not at any time exceeding in the aggregate the amount at that time of the paid-up share capital of the company; such advances—

(a)to be payable in instalments so, however, that the aggregate amount paid shall not exceed—

£
On incorporation of the company40,000
By 1st October 192985,000
By 1st October 1930125,000

(b)to be free from interest for a period of sixty years, and thereafter to carry interest at such rate, not exceeding the average yield of such Government funded stocks, as the Treasury from time to time may determine;

(ii)make payments of one thousand seven hundred and fifty pounds per annum for ten years as contributions towards the cost of the administration of the company.

(2)The Treasury may agree to procure the underwriting of debentures to be issued by the company as hereinafter mentioned to such aggregate amount as may be necessary to raise a sum not exceeding eight hundred thousand pounds.

(3)The Treasury may subscribe to debentures to be issued by the company to an amount not exceeding one-fourth of each issue of debentures, and not exceeding in the aggregate two hundred thousand pounds, and any such subscriptions shall be deemed to be a local loan within the meaning of the National Debt and Local Loans Act, 1887, and that Act shall apply accordingly.

(4)Such sums not exceeding in the whole the sum of one hundred and thirty-five thousand pounds as may be required for the purpose of making such advances as aforesaid or for procuring the underwriting of debentures as aforesaid shall be issued out of the Consolidated Fund or the growing produce thereof at such times and to such amounts as the Treasury think fit.

(5)The sums payable towards the cost of the administration the company shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament.

(6)Any sums paid by the company by way of repayment of or interest on advances made by the Department shall be paid to the Exchequer.

2Provisions as to company.

(1)The company to be so formed as foresaid shall be a company limited by shares and registered under the Companies Acts, 1908 to 1917.

(2)The Memorandum and Articles of the company shall be subject to the approval of the Department and shall contain such provisions as are hereinafter mentioned, and shall not be alterable without the approval of the Department.

(3)The Memorandum or Articles of the company shall make provision—

(a)for securing that of the directors, one shall be a person nominated by the Treasury so long as any part of the advances made by the Department remains outstanding;

(b)for restricting the dividends on the share capital of the company to five per cent. per annum;

(c)for regulating the loans to be made by the company on heritable security, so that a loan shall in no case exceed two-thirds of the estimated value of the security subjects at the time of the loan, and that the loans shall be repayable by equal yearly or half-yearly instalments of capital and interest spread over a period not exceeding sixty years, or repayable on such other terms as may be authorised by the said Memorandum or Articles;

(d)for empowering the company for the purpose of making loans to raise money by means of the issue of debentures;

(e)for the creation of suitable reserve funds, and as to the investment and application of the sums standing to the credit of those funds;

(f)for regulating the use of the guarantee fund to which the advances made by the Department are to be carried;

(g)for requiring the company to supply to the Department copies of balance sheets and profit-and-loss accounts;

(h)for the repayment of the advances made by the Department; so, however, that provision shall be made—

(i)that if, at the expiration of fifteen years from the incorporation of the company, the advances made by the Department to the guarantee fund exceed seven-and-a-half per cent. of the aggregate amount of the loans made by the company on heritable securities and land charges up to that date, the excess shall, if the Department so require, be repaid;

(ii)that in any year, after thirty years, from the incorporation of the company,- in which the total reserves including the guarantee fund (but excluding the share capital) exceed seven-and-a-half per cent. of the liabilities (other than share capital and guarantee fund), there shall be allocated to the repayment of the guarantee fund one-half of the profits remaining after paying the maximum dividend on the share capital;

(i)for providing that in the event of the company being wound up, the liability of the company to the Department for the amount of the advances outstanding shall rank after other liabilities of the company to creditors, and that if, after the discharge of such other liabilities, the sum available is insufficient to pay the sums so outstanding and the paid-up share capital in full, the sum so available shall be divided between the Department and shareholders in the proportion which the amount of the outstanding advances of the Department bears to the amount of the paid-up share capital of the company.

(4)For the purposes of this Part of this Act, references to debentures shall include references to debenture stock and references to shares and shareholders shall include references to stock and stockholders.

Debentures of the company to be authorised trust investment.

3Debentures issued by the company shall be included amongst the securities in which a trustee may invest trust funds under the powers of section ten of the Trusts (Scotland) Act, 1921, or section one of the Trustee Act, 1925

Application of excess reserves.

4If, after the repayment of the advances made by the Department to the guarantee fund, the reserves Increase more rapidly than is required for the maintenance of the reserves as provided for in the Memorandum or Articles of the company, the company shall apply such part of the excess reserves for the benefit of borrowers in accordance with a scheme or schemes to be prepared by the company to the satisfaction of the Department.

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