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3.—(1) In rule 4 of the principal Rules (application for registration)—
(a)in paragraph (1), at the beginning insert “Subject to paragraph (1A),”;
(b)in paragraph (1)(c)(ii), for “article 12(1)(c)” substitute “article 12(1)(b) or (c)”; and
(c)after paragraph (1) insert—
“(1A) The Registrar may accept an application for registration which is not made in accordance with paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) if the applicant has—
(a)submitted by electronic means to the Registrar the information which he would be required to provide if the application was submitted in writing on the form specified in Schedule 1 and has included with that information an attestation as to its accuracy; and
(b)complied with all of the other requirements of this rule which apply to him.”.
(2) In rule 10 of the principal Rules (registration period)—
(a)in paragraph (3), for “in the second calendar year after the year in which he was so registered on” substitute “on the next occurrence of”;
(b)in paragraph (4)—
(i)leave out “as determined in accordance with paragraph (2) or (3)”, and
(ii)for “be of two years duration” substitute “end on the next occurrence of the date shown in column 2 of Schedule 5 opposite the part of the register shown in column 1 of Schedule 5 in which he is registered”; and
(c)in paragraph (5), for “in the second calendar year after the year in which he was readmitted or restored on” substitute “on the next occurrence of”.
(3) After rule 16 of the principal Rules (restoration fee) insert—
16A.—(1) A person whose registration period, as determined in accordance with rule 10(3) or (5), is not more than one year shall only be liable to pay half the registration fee, readmission fee or restoration fee which he would otherwise be liable to pay under rule 14, 15 or 16 in respect of that registration period.
(2) The Council may—
(a)waive payment of or reduce any fee or part of a fee otherwise payable under these Rules; or
(b)refund the whole or part of any fee paid under these Rules.”.
(4) In rule 17 of the principal Rules (scrutiny fee) for “article 12(1)(c)” substitute “article 12(1)(b) or (c)”.
(5) For Schedule 1 to the principal Rules (application form for admission to the register) substitute the Schedule 1 set out in Schedule 1 to these Rules.
(6) For Schedule 5 to the principal Rules (registration period) substitute the Schedule 5 set out in Schedule 2 to these Rules.
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