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(1)In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—

  • [F1adopt” and “adopted”, in relation to powers, and “adoptable powers” have the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 of this Act;]

  • [F1advance secured on land” and “advance fully secured on land” have the meanings given by section 10(1) and (11) and references to class 1 or class 2 advances are to be construed in accordance with sections 11 and 12;]

  • F1[F2advance secured on third party land” has the meaning given by section 10(4A);]

  • [F3“annual accounts” has the meaning given in section 81B(1)]

  • the annual business statement” has the meaning given by section 74(1);

  • the applicable winding up legislation” and “the companies winding up legislation” have the meanings given by section 90;

  • [F4“the appropriate authority” means—

    (a)

    in relation to a building society which is a PRA-authorised person, the PRA; and

    (b)

    in relation to a building society which is not a PRA-authorised person, the FCA;]

  • [F5“associated undertaking” has the meaning given by section 119A;]

  • F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • F7...

  • [F8“ballot” means an electronic ballot or a postal ballot, as the case may be;]

  • [F9borrowing members’ resolution” has the meaning given by paragraph 29(1) of Schedule 2 to this Act and, subject to paragraph 29(2), “borrowing member” has the meaning given by paragraph 5 of that Schedule;]

  • building society” means a building society incorporated (or deemed to be incorporated) under this Act;

  • [F10“building society insolvency”, “building society insolvency order” and “building society liquidator” shall be construed in accordance with Part 2 of the Banking Act 2009 as applied with modifications by section 90C above;

  • “building society special administration”, “building society special administration order” and “building society special administrator” shall be construed in accordance with Part 3 of the Banking Act 2009 as applied with modifications by section 90C above;]

  • [F11“Building Societies Act accounts” means Building Societies Act individual accounts and, where required, any Building Societies Act group accounts;]

  • [F11“Building Societies Act group accounts” has the meaning given by section 72E(3)(a)]

  • [F11“Building Societies Act individual accounts” has the meaning given by section 72A(2)(a)]

  • F12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • F12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • F12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F13“the Companies Acts” has the meaning given by section 2(1) of the Companies Act 2006;]

  • [F14connected undertaking” means a subsidiary undertaking or an associated undertaking;]

  • [F15the court”, in relation to a building society, means the court which has jurisdiction under the applicable winding up legislation to wind up the society;]

  • F12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • F16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • deferred shares” means shares of a class defined by order of the [F17Treasury], in a statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament;

  • [F18deposit” includes—

    (a)

    a loan; and

    (b)

    a subordinated deposit, that is to say, a deposit which, on a winding up, would fall to be repaid only after repayment in full had been made to the holders of shares in the society other than deferred shares,

    and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;]

  • dispose”, in relation to any property, includes the granting of any interest in or right over it;

  • [F8“electronic address” includes any number or address used for the purposes of receiving electronic communications which are sent electronically;]

  • [F8“electronic ballot”, in relation to an election or resolution of a building society, means the electronic ballot taking place, in accordance with paragraph 33A of Schedule 2 to this Act, in the case of the election or resolution;]

  • [F8“electronic communication” means an electronic communication within the meaning of the Electronic Communications Act 2000 the processing of which on receipt is intended to produce writing;]

  • executive”, in relation to a director, means a person who holds office as a director and also as chief executive, secretary or manager;

  • [F4“the FCA” means the Financial Conduct Authority;]

  • financial year” is to be construed in accordance with section 117;

  • [F11“group accounts” has the meaning given by section 72E(1);]

  • heritable security” means a security capable of being constituted over any land by disposition or assignation of that interest in security of any debt and of being recorded in the Register of Sasines or, as the case may be, in the Land Register of Scotland and includes a security constituted by a standard security and any other charge enforceable in the same manner as a standard security;

  • [F11IAS accounts” means IAS individual accounts or IAS group accounts;]

  • [F11IAS group accounts” has the meaning given by section 72E(3)(b);]

  • [F11IAS individual accounts” has the meaning given by section 72A(2)(b);]

  • [F11“individual accounts” has the meaning given by section 72A(1);]

  • [F19interest”, in relation to shares, includes dividends;]

  • F20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F21land”, in the expression “loan secured on land”, has the meaning given by section 6A(8);

  • loan secured on land” and “loan fully secured on land” shall be construed in accordance with sections 6A and 6B respectively;]

  • manager”, in relation to a building society, means a person (other than the chief executive) employed by the society who, under the immediate authority of a director or the chief executive of the society exercises managerial functions or is responsible for maintaining accounts or other records of the society;

  • [F22member” shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to this Act;]

  • memorandum” has the meaning given by paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Act;

  • [F1mobile home loan” means a loan under section 15;]

  • mortgage” includes charge;

  • [F23mortgage debt”, in relation to a loan secured on land and any time, means the total amount outstanding at that time in respect of—

    (a)

    the principal of the loan;

    (b)

    interest on the loan; and

    (c)

    any other sum which the borrower is obliged to pay the society under the terms of the loan;]

  • F24. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F25“notice” means written notice but includes a notice in an electronic communication to the extent only that this Act provides for the manner in which the notice may be given electronically, and “notice to” and “notify” shall be construed accordingly;]

  • officer”, in relation to a building society, means any director, chief executive, secretary or manager of the society; and, in relation to any offence, “officer” also includes any person who purports to act as an officer of the society; and in relation to any other body corporate means the corresponding officers of that body;

  • officially notified”, in relation to the appointment or address of a director or the chief executive of a building society, means respectively notified to, and the last address notified to, the [F26FCA] under section 61(13) or 59(6), as the case may be;

  • [F27ordinary resolution” means a resolution which will be effective without being passed as a special resolution, shareholding members’ resolution or borrowing members’ resolution;]

  • [F28“own funds” means own funds as defined in Article 4(1)(118) of Regulation (EU) No. 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council;]

  • F29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F8“postal ballot”, in relation to an election or resolution of a building society, means any postal ballot taking place by virtue of any rules of the society made in accordance with paragraph 33 of Schedule 2 to this Act, in the case of the election or resolution;]

  • [F4“the PRA” means the Prudential Regulation Authority;]

  • [F4PRA-authorised person” has the meaning in section 2B of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;]

  • the public file”, in relation to a building society, means the file relating to the society which the [F30FCA] is required to maintain under section 106;

  • [F1qualifying asset holding”, in relation to a building society, shall be construed in accordance with section 118;]

  • registered address”, in relation to a member of a building society, has the meaning given by paragraph 13 of Schedule 2 to this Act;

  • the repealed enactments” means the M1Building Societies Act 1962 or the M2Building Societies Act 1874 or, in relation to Northern Ireland, the M3Building Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1967;

  • [F31residential property” has the meaning given by section 5(10);]

  • [F32share”, in relation to a building society, shall be construed in accordance with section 8;]

  • shareholder and depositor” includes a potential shareholder or depositor;

  • [F33shareholding member” has the meaning given by paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to this Act;

  • shareholding members” resolution’ has the meaning given by paragraph 27A of that Schedule;]

  • special resolution” has the meaning given by paragraph 27 of Schedule 2 to this Act;

  • [F1subsidiary[F34has the meaning given by section 736 of] the M4Companies Act 1985;]

  • F35. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • summary financial statement” has the meaning given by section 76(1);

  • [F1total commercial assets”, in relation to a building society, means the aggregate of its class 1 assets, its class 2 assets and its class 3 assets.]

  • [F36undertaking” and “subsidiary undertaking” have the same meaning as in the Companies Acts (see sections 1161(1) and 1162 of, and Schedule 7 to, the Companies Act 2006);]

[F37(1ZA)In this Act references to the Bank of England do not include the Bank acting in its capacity as the Prudential Regulation Authority.]

[F38(1A)Any reference in this Act to the seal of the [F39FCA] is a reference to the seal provided for in regulations made under section 109(1)(b) of the Friendly Societies Act 1974 (and not to the [F40FCA’s] common seal).]

(2)In relation to [F41loans] secured on land in Scotland, “mortgage” means a heritable security, “mortgagor” and “mortgagee” mean respectively the debtor and creditor in a heritable security and connected expressions shall be construed accordingly.

F42(2A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F43(2B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F44(2C). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)For the purposes of any provision of this Act referring to the value of a person’s shareholding in a building society—

(a)the value of a person’s shares shall be taken as the amount standing to his credit in respect of payments made F45... on the shares and interest credited F45... by way of capitalisation; and

(b)shares held by a person to whom, as the holder of the share, the society has made [F46a loan], shall be disregarded.

[F47(3A)Any reference in this Act (however expressed) to loans being owed to a building society or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society is a reference to their being so owed either at law or in equity.]

[F48(4)Subject to [F49section 9A(7)], the value in sterling of—

(a)any transaction effected by or with a building society or connected undertaking in another currency, or

(b)any assets or liabilities of a building society or connected undertaking denominated in another currency,

shall be determined for any purpose of this Act in accordance with directions given by the [F50appropriate authority] under this subsection.]

F51(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F1Definitions in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 46(2), 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(a), Sch. 9; S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(k)(l)(xiv), II(w)(y)(z)(xxxi)(cc)(xvi)

F2Words in s. 119(1) inserted (3.1.1995) by 1994 c. 40, ss. 39, 82(2)(e), Sch. 11 para. 7(6)

F3Words in s. 119(1) substituted (22.12.2004) (with effect in accordance with art. 1(2) of the amending S.I.) by The Building Societies Act 1986 (International Accounting Standards and Other Accounting Amendments) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/3380), art. 1, Sch. para. 7

F6Definition of “authorisation" in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 13(2), Sch. 4 (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F9Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(c); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F11Words in s. 119(1) inserted (22.12.2004) (with effect in accordance with art. 1(2) of the amending S.I.) by The Building Societies Act 1986 (International Accounting Standards and Other Accounting Amendments) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/3380), art. 1, Sch. para. 7

F12Definitions of “the central office", “the Chief Registrar", “the Commission" and “the criteria of prudent management" in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 13(2), Sch. 4 (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F14Definition in s. 119(1) inserted (9.6.1997 for certain purposes only, 1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(d); S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2(k)(n)(xii); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F15Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(e); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F16Words in S. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3649 art. 199(3)

F17Words in the definition of “deferred shares" s. 119(1) substituted (17.8.2001 for certain purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8, 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 197(a)(iv) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F18Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(g); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F19Definition in s. 119(1) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(h); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F20Definition of “Investor Protection Board" in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 13(2), Sch. 4 (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F21Definitions in s. 119(1) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(i); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F22Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(j); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F23Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(k); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F24Definition of “non-EEA laws" in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 13(2), Sch. 4 (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F27Definition in s. 119(1) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(l); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F29Definition of “prescribed" in s. 119(1) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 13(2), Sch. 4 (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F31Definition in s. 119(1) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(m); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F32Definition in s. 119(1) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(n); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F33Definitions in s. 119(1) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(o); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F38S. 119(1A) inserted (17.8.2001 for certain purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8, 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 197(b) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F41Word in s. 119(2) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(2); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F42S. 119(2A)(2C) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3649 art. 1999(4)

F44S. 119(2A)(2C) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3649 art. 1999(4)

F45Words in s. 119(3)(a) ceased to have effect (9.6.1997) by 1997 c. 32, s. 43, Sch. 7 para. 53(3)(a); and repealed (1.12.1997) by 1997 c. 32, s. 46(2), Sch. 9; S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2(k)(n)(xiii); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I(j)(k)(l)(xiv)(o)(vii)

F46Words in s. 119(3)(b) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(3)(b); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F47S. 119(3A) inserted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(4); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F48S. 119(4) substituted (1.12.1997 in specified cases and for specified purposes and otherwise in accordance with art. 2(2)(3)(5) of S.I. 1997/2668) by 1997 c. 32, ss. 43, 47(3), Sch. 7 para. 53(5); S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I(j)(l)(xiv), II(w)(z)(xxxi)

F49Words in S. 119(4) substituted (17.8.2001 for certain purposes otherwise 1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2, 8, 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 197(c)(i) (with art. 13(3), Sch. 5); S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

F51S. 119(5) repealed (22.7.2004) by Statute Law (Repeals) Act 2004 (c. 14), Sch. 1 Pt. 17 Group 2

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 119(1): Functions of the Building Societies Commission transferred (1.12.2001) to the Treasury by S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(b), 4(1), Sch. 1 Pt. III; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2

C2Definition of “total commercial assets" modified by S.I. 1986/2168, art. 4(2)(a)(ii)(3)

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