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Registration of Deeds Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

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12Paper and writing authorised for registration purposes.N.I.

(1)The Ministry may prescribe the nature (including shape, design, size, colour, quality and other specifications and characteristics) of paper which, by virtue of this subsection, is required to be used—

(a)for the purposes of any provision of the Registration of Deeds Acts; or

(b)in transactions in the registry of deeds generally, not being transactions involving the use of paper of a nature prescribed under paragraph ( a).

(2)Any provision of the Registration of Deeds Acts requiring the use of vellum or parchment shall be deemed to require the use in lieu thereof—

(a)where regulations under subsection (1)( a) prescribe the nature of the paper to be used for the purposes of that provision, paper of that nature; and

(b)in any other case, paper of the nature prescribed under subsection (1)( b).

(3)The Ministry shall cause to be made available for inspection at the registry of deeds during normal office hours samples of paper of the nature prescribed under this section and may make arrangements for the supply and sale of any such paper.

(4)Any provision of the Registration of Deeds Acts which authorises or requires any document to be in writing shall operate to authorise or, as the case may be, to require that document to be written, typewritten or printed or engraved or lithographed or photographed or represented or reproduced in any mode by which the words of the document appear in a durable and legible form and references in any provision of those Acts to writing shall be construed accordingly.

(5)Where the registrar of deeds considers that any document tendered in connection with any registration or transaction is not written or printed on paper of the nature prescribed under this section or that the words of the document do not appear in a durable and legible form, he may refuse to accept that document for the purposes for which it is so tendered.

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