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Building Societies Act 1997

1997 CHAPTER 32

An Act to amend the Building Societies Act 1986; to make provision for amalgamating the Building Societies Investor Protection Board and the Deposit Protection Board into a single board and the Building Societies Investor Protection Fund and the Deposit Protection Fund into a single fund; and for connected purposes.

[21st March 1997]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Part IU.K. Constitution and powers

1 Principal purpose and powers.U.K.

(1)For subsection (1) of section 5 (establishment, constitution and powers) of the M1Building Societies Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”) there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(1)A society may be established under this Act if (and only if) it complies with the following requirements, namely—

(a)its purpose or principal purpose is that of making loans which are secured on residential property and are funded substantially by its members; and

(b)its principal office is in the United Kingdom.

(2)After subsection (4) of that section there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(4A)If, after its establishment, a building society fails to comply with the requirements imposed by subsection (1)(a) or (b) above—

(a)the powers conferred on the Commission by section 36 or 37 shall become exercisable in relation to the society; but

(b)the failure shall not affect the validity of any transaction or other act.

(3)For subsections (5) to (7) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(5)Subject to the provisions of this Act, a building society shall have the powers conferred on it by its memorandum.

(4)For subsection (10) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(10)In this Act “residential property” means land at least 40 per cent of which—

(a)is normally used as, or in connection with, one or more dwellings; or

(b)has been, is being or is to be developed or adapted for such use;

and for the purposes of this subsection, the area of any land which comprises a building or other structure containing two or more storeys shall be taken to be the aggregate of the floor areas of each of those storeys.

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

2 Membership and liability of members.U.K.

(1)In paragraph 5 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (membership), for sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(1)The rules of a building society shall provide that no person shall be a member of the society unless he is a shareholding member or a borrowing member or both.

(2)In this Act, in relation to a building society—

  • borrowing member” means, subject to sub-paragraphs (2A) and (2B) and paragraph 29(2) below, an individual who is indebted to the society—

    (a)

    in respect of a loan which is fully secured on land; or

    (b)

    if the rules of the society so provide, in respect of a loan which is (within the meaning of the rules) substantially secured on land;

  • shareholding member” means a person who holds a share in the society.

(2A)If the rules of a building society so provide, an individual shall cease to be a borrowing member at any time if at that time the society—

(a)takes possession of, or exercises its power of sale in relation to, the whole or any part of the land on which the loan is secured; or

(b)obtains an order for foreclosure absolute or, in Scotland, foreclosure in respect of the whole or any part of that land.

(2B)Unless the rules of a building society so provide, an individual shall not be a borrowing member at any time if at that time the loan is owed to the society in equity rather than at law.

(2)In sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph—

(a)in paragraph (b), after the words “may not” there shall be inserted the words “ propose a resolution, ”; and

(b)in paragraph (c), after the words “may not” there shall be inserted the words “ join in requisitioning a special meeting or ”.

(3)For paragraph 6 of that Schedule there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

6(1)The liability at any time of a shareholding member of a building society shall be limited to the amount which, at that time, has been actually paid, or is in arrear, on his shares in the society.

(2)The liability at any time of a borrowing member of a building society shall be limited to the amount which, at that time, is payable under the mortgage or other security by which his indebtedness to the society in respect of the loan is secured.

(4)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 29 of that Schedule (borrowing members’ resolutions) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(2)For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule, an individual who is indebted to a building society in respect of a loan fully secured on land is not a borrowing member of the society at any time if at that time the amount of his mortgage debt is less than the prescribed amount.

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

3 Capacity etc.U.K.

(1)In subsection (8) of section 5 of the 1986 Act—

(a)for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(b)Part II makes provision with respect to the capacity of a society and the powers of its directors to bind it; and; and

(b)for the words from “and in this section” to the end there shall be substituted the words “ and in this section “scheduled”, with reference to requirements for establishment, means contained in that Schedule ”.

(2)For Part II of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the provisions set out in Schedule 1 to this Act (capacity of society and power of directors to bind it).

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

4 The lending limit.U.K.

For section 6 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

Making loansU.K.

6 The lending limit.

(1)A building society shall secure that the difference between—

(a)the value of X on any quarter day; and

(b)the value of Y on that day or the value of Y on the immediately preceding quarter day, whichever is the greater,

does not exceed 25 per cent of that value of X.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) above—

X = the difference between the total assets of the society and any subsidiary undertakings of the society as shown in the society’s accounts and the aggregate of—

(a)the liquid assets of the society and any such undertakings as shown in those accounts in pursuance of regulations under section 73(7);

(b)the fixed assets of the society and any such undertakings as so shown; and

(c)where any such undertakings are insurance companies within the meaning of the M2Insurance Companies Act 1982, such of their assets as shown in those accounts as represent long term insurance funds; and

Y = the principal of, and interest accrued on, loans which are owed to the society or any subsidiary undertaking of the society and are fully secured on residential property;

and for the purposes of this subsection the total assets of a society and any subsidiary undertakings of the society shall be taken to be increased by the amount of any provision made for bad or doubtful debts of the society or any such undertaking.

(3)Any loans owed to the society or any subsidiary undertaking of the society shall be disregarded for the purposes of the definition of “Y” in subsection (2) above to the extent that they are not included in the total assets of the society and any such undertakings as shown in the society’s accounts.

(4)Any reference in subsection (2) or (3) above to anything being shown in a society’s accounts shall be construed—

(a)in relation to a quarter day on which a financial year of the society ends, as a reference to its being shown in the accounts prepared by the society for that year;

(b)in relation to any other quarter day, as a reference to its being shown in the accounts which would have been prepared by the society for the year ending on that day if that year were a financial year of the society.

(5)If a building society fails to comply with the requirement imposed by subsection (1) above—

(a)the powers conferred on the Commission by section 36 shall become exercisable in relation to the society; but

(b)the failure shall not affect the validity of any transaction or other act.

(6)The Treasury may by order substitute for the percentage specified in subsection (1) above such greater percentage (not greater than 40 per cent) as appears to them to be appropriate; and an order under this subsection may make such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Treasury to be necessary or expedient.

(7)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order—

(a)modify subsections (2) and (3) above in their application to assets of subsidiary undertakings;

(b)apply those subsections to corresponding assets of associated undertakings; or

(c)modify those subsections in their application to such assets.

(8)An order under subsection (7) above may make—

(a)different provision for different circumstances;

(b)provision for particular assets of undertakings to be disregarded; and

(c)such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(9)The power to make an order under subsection (6) or (7) above is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(10)No order shall be made under subsection (6) above unless a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(11)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (7) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(12)In this section “long term insurance funds”, in relation to an insurance company within the meaning of the M3Insurance Companies Act 1982, means funds maintained by it—

(a)under section 28(1)(b) of that Act (assets attributable to long term business); or

(b)where it is incorporated in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, under the corresponding provisions of the law of that country or territory.

(13)Where a loan is owed to a lending syndicate of which a building society or connected undertaking of a building society is a member, so much of the loan as is referable to the society’s or undertaking’s participation in the syndicate shall be treated for the purposes of this section and sections 6A and 6B as a loan owed to the society or undertaking.

(14)In this section and section 7—

  • accounts”—

    (a)

    in relation to a building society without subsidiary undertakings, means individual accounts under subsection (1) of section 72;

    (b)

    in relation to such a society with such undertakings, means group accounts under subsection (2) of that section;

  • quarter day”, in relation to a building society, means a day on which a financial year of the society ends, or a day which is three months, six months or nine months after such a day;

and references to any value on a quarter day are references to that value at the close of business on that day.

(15)If an agreement between the Commission and a building society so provides, the definition of “quarter day” in subsection (14) above shall have effect in relation to the society as if for any reference to a number of months there were substituted a reference to a number of days specified in the agreement.

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

5 Loans secured on land.U.K.

After section 6 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

6A Loans secured on land.

(1)For the purposes of this Act a loan is secured on land if it is secured by—

(a)a mortgage of a legal estate in land in England and Wales or Northern Ireland;

(b)a heritable security over land in Scotland; or

(c)a qualifying security over land in an EEA country or territory other than the United Kingdom.

(2)For the purposes of this Act a loan is also secured on land if—

(a)it is secured by a mortgage of an equitable interest in land in England and Wales or Northern Ireland;

(b)the equitable interest is an equitable interest in land of a description, and is created in circumstances, prescribed in an order made by the Commission with the consent of the Treasury; and

(c)any conditions prescribed in the order are complied with;

and an order under this subsection may apply in relation to securities held by or on behalf of building societies or connected undertakings of a description specified in the order, or securities held by or on behalf of all such societies or undertakings other than those of a description so specified.

(3)For the purposes of this Act—

(a)a loan shall be treated as secured by a mortgage of a legal estate in registered land in England and Wales or Northern Ireland notwithstanding that the loan is made before the mortgagor is registered as proprietor of the estate; and

(b)a loan shall be treated as secured by a heritable security over land in Scotland notwithstanding that the loan is made before title to that land has been transferred to the debtor in the heritable security.

(4)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order provide for any provisions of this Act to have effect in relation to loans secured on land outside the European Economic Area with such modifications as appear to the Commission to be appropriate.

(5)An order under subsection (2) or (4) above may make such incidental, supplementary and transitional provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(6)The power to make an order under subsection (2) or (4) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(7)In this section and section 6B—

  • EEA country or territory” means a country or territory in the European Economic Area;

  • qualifying security”, in relation to land in an EEA country or territory other than the United Kingdom and a loan, means a security over the land which—

    (a)

    acknowledges, and requires repayment of, the loan; and

    (b)

    secures repayment of the loan on the land;

    and for the purposes of this section and that section, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar shall be treated as included in the European Economic Area.

(8)In this Act “land”, in the expression “loan secured on land”, means—

(a)land in an EEA country or territory; and

(b)in so far as land in any other country or territory is, under any provision of this Act, land on which loans may be secured, land in that other country or territory.

Commencement Information

I5S. 5 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

6 Loans fully secured on land.U.K.

After section 6A of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

6B Loans fully secured on land.

(1)For the purposes of this Act a loan which is owed to a building society or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society and is secured on residential property or other land is fully secured on the land if—

(a)the principal of, and interest accrued on, the loan does not exceed the value of the requisite security; and

(b)no, or no more than one, mortgage of the land which has priority over the society’s or undertaking’s mortgage is outstanding in favour of an outside person.

(2)Where a mortgage of the residential property or other land which has priority over the society’s or undertaking’s mortgage is outstanding, the principal of the loan secured or, in the case of a loan by instalments, intended to be secured by that mortgage shall be deducted from the value of the requisite security for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) above.

(3)Where the loan is secured on residential property or other land in the United Kingdom, any outstanding charge over the land which—

(a)in the case of land in England and Wales, is registered in the appropriate local land charges register;

(b)in the case of land in Scotland, is recorded in the Register of Sasines, or registered in the Land Register, under section 108 of the M4Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 or Schedule 9 to the M5Housing (Scotland) Act 1987;

(c)in the case of land in Northern Ireland, is registered in the statutory charges register under section 87 of, and Schedule 11 to, the M6Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 1970,

shall be disregarded for the purposes of subsections (1)(b) and (2) above.

(4)Where, on the occasion on which a building society or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society makes or acquires a loan which is secured on land, the society or undertaking is satisfied that the loan is—

(a)a loan which is fully secured on residential property;

(b)a loan which is not so secured but is fully secured on land; or

(c)a loan which is not fully secured on land,

the loan shall be treated as such a loan for the purposes of this Act until such time (if any) as subsection (7) below applies.

(5)Subsection (4) above shall have effect in relation to a loan which the society or undertaking makes by two or more payments on different dates as if—

(a)the reference to the occasion on which the society or undertaking makes the loan were a reference to the occasion on which it makes the first of the payments;

(b)other references to the loan were references to it in its intended maximum amount; and

(c)the value of any security for the loan were its expected maximum value.

(6)Where a building society or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society makes or acquires a loan which is secured on land, the society or undertaking shall be deemed to be satisfied as mentioned in paragraph (c) of subsection (4) above until such time (if any) as it is satisfied as mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection.

(7)Where at any time, in the case of a loan treated as falling within paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of subsection (4) above, the society or undertaking—

(a)is satisfied—

(i)on a revaluation that the value of the requisite security has changed;

(ii)on notice given to it by the borrower that there has been a change in the use of the land;

(iii)that so much of the mortgage debt as represents the principal of the loan has changed;

(iv)that the principal of the loan secured by a prior mortgage has changed or has been repaid; or

(v)that the relative priority of the mortgage of the land on which the loan is secured has changed;

(b)is also satisfied that the change or repayment is such that, if it were to make a loan equal to the mortgage debt at that time, the loan would instead be a loan falling within another of those paragraphs; and

(c)in a case falling within paragraph (a)(i) above, elects that this subsection shall apply,

the loan shall be treated as such a loan for the purposes of this Act until such time (if any) as this subsection again applies.

(8)In this section—

  • outside person”, in relation to a building society or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society, means any person other than the following, namely—

    (a)

    the society;

    (b)

    a subsidiary undertaking of the society;

    (c)

    a lending syndicate of which the society or such an undertaking is a member; and

    (d)

    trustees of a trust under which the society or such an undertaking is a beneficiary;

  • the requisite security”, in relation to a loan secured on residential property or other land, means—

    (a)

    the security constituted by the legal estate in, or the heritable or qualifying security over, the land; or

    (b)

    in a case where an equitable interest in land in England and Wales or Northern Ireland is or is also taken as security, that constituted by that security or, as the case may be, the combined securities;

  • trust” includes arrangements—

    (a)

    which have effect under the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom; and

    (b)

    under which persons acting in a fiduciary capacity hold and administer property on behalf of other persons,

    and “beneficiary” and “trustees”, in relation to such arrangements, shall be construed accordingly.

(9)In the application of subsections (1), (2) and (7) above to residential property or other land in Scotland or an EEA country or territory other than the United Kingdom, references to a mortgage of the land shall be construed as references to a heritable or, as the case may require, qualifying security over the land.

Commencement Information

I6S. 6 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

7 Discharge of mortgages.U.K.

(1)After section 6B of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

6C Discharge of mortgages.

Schedule 2A to this Act, which contains supplementary provisions as to the discharge of mortgages, shall have effect.

(2)After Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted, as Schedule 2A, the provisions set out in Schedule 2 to this Act (supplementary provisions as to the discharge of mortgages).

8 The funding limit.U.K.

For section 7 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

7 The funding limit.

(1)A building society shall secure that the difference between—

(a)the value of X on any quarter day; and

(b)the value of Y on that day or the value of Y on the immediately preceding quarter day, whichever is the greater,

does not exceed 50 per cent of that value of X.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1) above—

X = the aggregate of the following, namely—

(a)the principal value of, and interest accrued on, shares in the society;

(b)the principal of, and interest accrued on, sums deposited with the society or any subsidiary undertaking of the society; and

(c)the principal value of, and interest accrued under, bills of exchange, instruments or agreements creating or acknowledging indebtedness and accepted, made, issued or entered into by the society or any such undertaking; and

Y = the principal value of, and interest accrued on, shares in the society held by individuals otherwise than as bare trustees (or, in Scotland, simple trustees) for bodies corporate or for persons who include bodies corporate.

(3)The following shall be disregarded for the purposes of subsection (2) above, namely—

(a)any sums or amounts which are own funds; and

(b)to the extent that they are not included in the total liabilities of the society and any subsidiary undertakings of the society as shown in the society’s accounts—

(i)any sums deposited with the society or any such undertaking; and

(ii)any indebtedness created or acknowledged by bills of exchange, instruments or agreements accepted, made, issued or entered into by the society or any such undertaking.

(4)The reference in subsection (3) above to anything being shown in a society’s accounts shall be construed—

(a)in relation to a quarter day on which a financial year of the society ends, as a reference to its being shown in the accounts prepared by the society for that year;

(b)in relation to any other quarter day, as a reference to its being shown in the accounts which would have been prepared by the society for the year ending on that day if that year were a financial year of the society.

(5)If a building society fails to comply with the requirement imposed by subsection (1) above—

(a)the powers conferred on the Commission by section 36 shall become exercisable in relation to the society; but

(b)the failure shall not affect the validity of any transaction or other act.

(6)Where an individual declares that he is acquiring any shares in a building society otherwise than as a bare trustee (or, in Scotland, a simple trustee) for a body corporate, or for persons who include a body corporate, he shall, unless the contrary is shown, be conclusively presumed for the purposes of this section to hold the shares otherwise than as such a trustee.

(7)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order—

(a)modify subsections (2) and (3) above in their application to liabilities of subsidiary undertakings;

(b)apply those subsections to corresponding liabilities of associated undertakings; or

(c)modify those subsections in their application to such liabilities.

(8)An order under subsection (7) above may make—

(a)different provision for different circumstances;

(b)provision for particular liabilities of undertakings to be disregarded; and

(c)such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(9)The power to make an order under subsection (7) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I7S. 8 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

9 Raising funds and borrowing.U.K.

For section 8 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

8 Raising funds and borrowing.

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, a building society shall not do any of the following things, namely—

(a)accept a deposit from an individual;

(b)raise funds from an individual otherwise than by the issue of shares; and

(c)raise funds from a body corporate, or from a bare trustee (or, in Scotland, a simple trustee) for a body corporate or for persons who include a body corporate, otherwise than by the issue of deferred shares.

(2)Nothing in subsection (1)(a) above shall apply in relation to—

(a)the maintenance on behalf of an individual of a current account, or a deposit account which contains in its title the word “client” or the word “trust” or “trustee”;

(b)the issue to an individual of a transferable instrument;

(c)the acceptance from an individual of a qualifying time deposit or an overseas deposit; or

(d)in the case of a building society which has announced publicly that it intends, in accordance with section 97 and the other applicable provisions of this Act, to transfer the whole of its business to a company, anything done by the society during the period of two years beginning with the date of the announcement.

(3)The Commission may, if it thinks fit, extend or further extend the period mentioned in subsection (2)(d) above if written application is made to it before the expiry of that period or that period as extended; and a direction under this subsection—

(a)shall be in writing;

(b)may be given subject to such limitations or conditions as the Commission may think fit.

(4)A contravention of subsection (1) above shall not invalidate any transaction or other act.

(5)The power of a building society to raise funds by the issue of shares is a power—

(a)to issue shares of one or more denominations, whether in sterling or another currency; and

(b)to issue them either as shares paid up in full or as shares to be paid by periodical or other payments, and (in either case) with accumulating or other interest;

and funds so raised may be repaid when they are no longer required for the purposes of the society.

(6)In the case of deferred shares, the power of a building society to raise funds by the issue of shares includes the issue of shares at a premium.

(7)If a building society issues deferred shares at a premium, whether for cash or otherwise, a sum equal to the aggregate amount or value of the premiums on those shares shall be transferred to the society’s reserves.

(8)For the purposes of this section the acceptance of deposits (including the issue of debt securities) shall not constitute the raising of funds.

(9)In this section, in relation to a building society—

  • overseas deposit” means a deposit which is accepted by a branch or agency of the society in a country or territory outside the United Kingdom and is repayable in such a country or territory;

  • qualifying time deposit” has the meaning given by section 482(6) of the M7Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988;

  • raise funds” means, subject to subsection (8) above, raise funds by the issue of shares or other securities;

  • transferable instrument” means an instrument which embodies a transferable right to receive an amount referable to a deposit with the society.

(10)A right is transferable for the purposes of the definition of “transferable instrument” in subsection (9) above if it is transferable by delivery of the instrument, or it is a right—

(a)which may, under the terms of the instrument, be held by any person, or by any person other than a person of a description specified in the instrument;

(b)express provision for the transfer of which is included in the instrument; and

(c)the transfer of which, under the terms of the instrument, does not require the consent of any person.

(11)Where an individual declares that he is acquiring any shares in a building society otherwise than as a bare trustee (or, in Scotland, a simple trustee) for a body corporate, or for persons who include a body corporate, he shall, unless the contrary is shown, be conclusively presumed for the purposes of this section to hold the shares otherwise than as such a trustee.

(12)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order vary subsections (2), (9) and (10) above by adding to or deleting from them any provision or by varying any provision contained in them; and an order under this subsection may make such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(13)The power to make an order under subsection (12) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I8S. 9 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

10 Restrictions on certain transactions.U.K.

After section 9 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

Restrictions on powersU.K.

9A Restrictions on certain transactions.

(1)Subject to subsections (2) to (4) below, a building society shall not do, and shall secure that each of its subsidiary undertakings does not do, any of the following things, namely—

(a)act as a market maker in securities, commodities or currencies;

(b)trade in commodities or currencies; and

(c)enter into any transaction involving derivative investments;

but a contravention of this subsection shall not invalidate any transaction or other act.

(2)No transaction entered into by a building society, or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society, shall be taken into account for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) above if—

(a)it relates only to securities or currencies or both and the amount or value of the consideration given by the society or undertaking does not exceed £100,000; or

(b)it is entered into in the society’s or undertaking’s capacity as the manager of a collective investment scheme.

(3)No transaction so entered into shall be taken into account for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) above if—

(a)it relates only to currencies and the amount or value of the consideration given by the society or undertaking does not exceed £100,000; or

(b)it is ancillary or incidental to another transaction entered into by the society or undertaking.

(4)Nothing in subsection (1)(c) above shall apply in relation to any transaction entered into by a building society, or a subsidiary undertaking of a building society, if—

(a)it is entered into in the society’s or undertaking’s capacity as the manager of a collective investment scheme;

(b)it is entered into for the purpose of limiting the extent to which the society, or a connected undertaking of the society, will be affected by changes in any of the following factors, namely—

(i)interest rates;

(ii)exchange rates;

(iii)any index of retail prices;

(iv)any index of residential property prices; and

(v)any index of the prices of securities; or

(c)it involves a derivative investment falling within paragraph (d) of the definition in subsection (9) below and it is entered into for the purpose of limiting the extent to which any person will be affected by changes in any interest or exchange rate applicable to—

(i)a loan owed by him to;

(ii)shares held by him in; or

(iii)a deposit of his with,

the society, or a connected undertaking of the society.

(5)Nothing in subsection (1)(c) above shall apply in relation to any transaction entered into by a subsidiary undertaking of a building society, if it is entered into in the undertaking’s capacity—

(a)as a body authorised under section 3 or 4 of the M8Insurance Companies Act 1982 (authorised insurance companies) to carry on insurance business of a class specified in Schedule 1 to that Act (classes of long term business); or

(b)as an EC company which is authorised under Article 6 of the first long term insurance Directive;

and in this subsection expressions which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

(6)A building society shall also do all that is reasonably practicable to secure that neither it nor any of its subsidiary undertakings (either alone or with any or any others of those undertakings)—

(a)holds at any time more than 5 per cent of the issued share capital; or

(b)is at any time entitled to exercise, or to control the exercise of, more than 5 per cent of the voting power at any general meeting,

of an undertaking which is, at that time, doing any of the things which the society is prohibited from doing by subsection (1) above, or an undertaking whose subsidiary undertaking is, at that time, doing any of those things.

(7)The monetary limit in subsection (2) or (3) above refers to the time when the transaction is entered into; and where the amount or value of the consideration there referred to is not in sterling, it shall be converted at the rate of exchange prevailing at that time.

(8)For the purposes of subsection (2) or (3) above, two or more transactions which form part of a larger transaction or series of transactions shall be treated as a single transaction.

(9)In this section—

  • collective investment scheme” has the same meaning as in the M9Financial Services Act 1986;

  • commodity” means any produce of agriculture, forestry or fisheries, or any mineral, either in its natural state or having undergone only such processes as are necessary or customary to prepare the produce or mineral for the market;

  • derivative investment” means any investment of a description falling within one or more of the following paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 1 to the Financial Services Act 1986, namely—

    (a)

    paragraph 4 (instruments entitling to shares or securities);

    (b)

    paragraph 7 (options);

    (c)

    paragraph 8 (futures); and

    (d)

    paragraph 9 (contracts for differences etc);

  • market maker” means, subject to subsection (10) below, a person who holds himself out as willing at all normal times to buy or sell at a price specified by him securities, commodities or currencies of a particular description;

  • securities” means shares, stock, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme and other securities of any description.

(10)A building society, or subsidiary undertaking of a building society, shall not by reason of holding itself out as willing to issue its own securities be regarded for the purposes of this section as acting as a market maker in such securities.

(11)The Treasury may by order vary subsections (1) to (10) above by adding to or deleting from them any provision or by varying any provision contained in them.

(12)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order—

(a)substitute for the amount specified in subsection (2) or (3) above, or for the percentage specified in subsection (6) above, such other amount or percentage as it thinks appropriate; or

(b)vary subsection (4)(b) above by adding to or deleting from it any reference to a factor or by varying any reference to a factor contained in it.

(13)An order under subsection (11) or (12) above may make—

(a)different provision for different cases or purposes; and

(b)such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Treasury or, as the case may be, the Commission to be necessary or expedient;

and the power to make such an order is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(14)No order shall be made under subsection (11) above unless a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(15)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (12) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I9S. 10 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

11 Restriction on creation of floating charges.U.K.

After section 9A of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

9B Restriction on creation of floating charges.

(1)A building society shall not create a floating charge on the whole or part of its undertaking or property.

(2)A floating charge created in contravention of this section shall be void.

12 Superseded provisions of 1986 Act.U.K.

(1)The following provisions of the 1986 Act (which are superseded by the foregoing provisions of this Part and this section) shall cease to have effect, namely—

(a)Part III (advances, loans and other assets);

(b)section 33 (assistance to other building societies);

(c)Part V (powers to provide services); and

(d)sections 38 to 40 (power to determine extent of building society powers).

(2)In relation to any time after Schedule 4 to the 1986 Act ceases to have effect by virtue of subsection (1) above, any rule of law requiring a mortgagee to take reasonable care to obtain a proper price or true market value shall have effect as if paragraph 1(1)(a) of that Schedule (duty to take reasonable care to ensure best price that can reasonably be obtained), and corresponding earlier enactments, had not been enacted.

(3)In so far as a building society is carrying on any activity comprised in the provision of a banking service, it shall be treated for all purposes—

(a)as a bank and a banker; and

(b)as carrying on the business of banking or a banking undertaking,

whether or not it would be so treated apart from this subsection.

(4)In this section “mortgagee”, as respects Scotland, has the meaning given by section 119(2) of the 1986 Act.

Commencement Information

I10S. 12 partly in force; S. 12 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); s. 12(1)(a) partly in force and 12(2)(4) wholly in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2 Sch. Pt. I; S. 12 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Part IIU.K. Powers of control of Commission

13 Power to direct restructuring of business etc.U.K.

(1)For section 36 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

Powers in relation to principal purpose and nature limitsU.K.

36 Power to direct restructuring of business etc.

(1)The provisions of this section have effect where, by reason of a building society’s failure to comply with—

(a)the requirement imposed by section 5(1)(a) or (b) (purpose or principal purpose and principal office);

(b)the requirement imposed by section 6(1) (the lending limit); or

(c)the requirement imposed by section 7(1) (the funding limit),

the powers conferred by this section become exercisable by the Commission in relation to the society (the requirements referred to in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) above being referred to in this section as “the relevant statutory requirements”).

(2)The Commission may give the society a direction under subsection (3), (5) or (6) below.

(3)A direction by the Commission under this subsection is a direction requiring the society, within a specified period, to submit for its approval a plan (in this section referred to as a “restructuring plan”) designed to secure the following purposes, that is to say—

(a)that the society will, by the end of a specified period, comply with the relevant statutory requirements as applied at the last day of that period, and

(b)that it will not thereafter fail to comply with those requirements.

(4)For the purpose of applying the relevant statutory requirements as directed by subsection (3)(a) above—

(a)in the case of a requirement which operates by reference to a quarter day, the day as at which the requirements are to be applied shall be treated as such a day; and

(b)the assets and liabilities of the society shall be determined by reference to a balance sheet prepared by the directors by reference to that day and sent to the Commission within the period of three months beginning with that day;

and subsection (4) of section 81 shall apply in the event of a default in complying with this provision as it applies in the event of a default in complying with subsection (2) of that section.

(5)A direction by the Commission under this subsection is a direction requiring the society—

(a)within a specified period, to submit to its members for their approval at a meeting the requisite transfer resolutions for a transfer of the business of the society to a company under section 97; and

(b)to notify the Commission of the result of the meeting.

(6)A direction by the Commission under this subsection is a direction requiring the society, at its option, either—

(a)within a specified period, to submit for approval a restructuring plan; or

(b)within a specified period, to submit to its members for their approval at a meeting the requisite transfer resolutions for a transfer of the business of the society to a company under section 97;

and, within a specified period, to notify the Commission of the option it has decided to pursue.

(7)Where the Commission gives a direction under subsection (3), (5) or (6) above, it may also give a direction under this subsection—

(a)imposing limitations on the issue of shares, the acceptance of deposits or the making of loans;

(b)requiring the society within a specified period to take certain steps, or to refrain from adopting or pursuing a particular course of action, or to restrict the scope of its business in a particular way;

(c)requiring the society within a specified period to take steps with regard to the conduct of the business of any connected undertaking of the society;

(d)requiring within a specified period the removal of any director or other officer.

(8)Where a restructuring plan is submitted by a society to the Commission under subsection (3) or (6) above then—

(a)if it appears to the Commission that the plan is reasonably likely to secure its purposes, the Commission shall approve it and direct the society to carry it out;

(b)if it appears to it that the plan is, with modifications, likely to secure its purposes and the Commission and the society agree on appropriate modifications within the period of 21 days from the date on which the Commission notifies the society of the modifications it proposes for the society’s agreement, the Commission shall approve the plan as modified and direct the society to carry it out;

but otherwise it shall reject the plan.

(9)Where a meeting is held, in pursuance of a direction under subsection (5) or (6) above, for the purpose of voting on the requisite transfer resolutions, then—

(a)if the resolutions are agreed to and the confirmation of the transfer by the Commission is obtained, the society shall proceed under section 97 to transfer its business to a successor company;

(b)if either resolution is disagreed to, the society shall notify the Commission of that fact as soon as it is practicable to do so.

(10)In the event of the Commission receiving a notice from a society under subsection (9)(b) above, it may, if it thinks fit, serve on the society a direction requiring it, within a specified period, to submit to the Commission for its approval a restructuring plan; and if the Commission does so, subsection (8) above shall apply as if the plan had been submitted under subsection (3) above.

(11)The Commission may, if it thinks fit, extend or further extend any period during which a building society is to take any steps required of it under any of the foregoing provisions of this section and may do so whether or not application is made to it before the expiry of the period in question.

(12)If a building society which has been directed under subsection (8) above to carry out a restructuring plan fails, within the period allowed to it under the foregoing provisions of this section, to secure the purpose of the plan specified in subsection (3)(a) above, the powers conferred on the Commission by section 36A shall become exercisable in relation to the society.

(13)If a building society fails, within the period allowed to it under the foregoing provisions of this section—

(a)where it has been given a direction under subsection (3) or (10) above, to submit a restructuring plan;

(b)where it has been given a direction under subsection (5) above, to submit to members the requisite transfer resolutions;

(c)where it has been given a direction under subsection (6) above, to either submit a restructuring plan or submit to members the requisite transfer resolutions;

(d)where it has been given a direction under subsection (7) above, to comply with any requirement imposed by the direction;

(e)where it has been directed under subsection (8) above to carry out a restructuring plan, to secure the purpose of the plan specified in subsection (3)(a) above;

(f)to agree to the requisite transfer resolutions submitted to the members in pursuance of subsection (5) or (6) above; or

(g)where it has agreed to the requisite transfer resolutions, to proceed under section 97 to transfer its business to the successor company,

or if the Commission rejects a restructuring plan under subsection (8) above, the powers conferred on the Commission by section 37 shall become exercisable in relation to the society.

(14)The provisions of Schedule 7A to this Act regulating the giving of directions apply in relation to directions under subsection (3), (5), (6), (7) or (10) above.

(15)In this section—

  • confirmation”, “the requisite transfer resolutions” and “transfer” have the same meaning as in section 97;

  • quarter day” has the same meaning as in sections 6 and 7.

(16)Nothing in this section implies that it is improper for the Commission to give to a building society or building societies generally an indication of the action it might or might not take in relation to any proposed activity of theirs.

(2)After Schedule 7 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted, as Schedule 7A, the provisions set out in Schedule 3 to this Act (supplementary provisions as to directions).

Commencement Information

I11S. 13 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

14 Power to make prohibition orders.U.K.

After section 36 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

36A Power to make prohibition orders.

(1)Where by virtue of section 36(12) the powers conferred by this section become exercisable in relation to a building society, the Commission may serve on the society a notice of the Commission’s intention to issue a prohibition order directed to the society.

(2)A prohibition order under this section is an order—

(a)prohibiting, subject to the saving or transitional provisions of the order, the continuance or, as the case may be, the carrying on of the activity specified in the order after a date so specified, either absolutely or unless conditions so specified are complied with; and

(b)requiring, subject to the saving or transitional provisions of the order, the disposal within a period specified in the order of all assets acquired or otherwise in its possession by virtue of the activity.

(3)A disposal of assets in pursuance of a prohibition order shall vest the assets in the transferee but without prejudice to any claim against the society by a person who had an interest in the assets.

(4)The saving or transitional provisions which may be included in a prohibition order shall be such as appear to the Commission to be just having regard to—

(a)the interests of shareholders of and depositors with the society; and

(b)the interests of other persons who will be affected by the order.

(5)A notice under subsection (1) above of the Commission’s intention to issue a prohibition order shall—

(a)specify the date on which the order is to be issued, being a date not earlier than the end of the period of 21 days beginning with the date of the notice;

(b)specify the terms of the order, including any saving or transitional provisions proposed to be included in it; and

(c)inform the society of its right to make representations to the Commission, not less than 7 days before the date specified in the order, as to the provisions to be included in the order.

(6)After considering any representations made by the society, the Commission may make the prohibition order with such saving and transitional provisions (if any) as it thinks just; and where it does so, the Commission—

(a)shall issue the order by causing it to be served on the society; and

(b)shall direct the central office to keep a copy of it in the public file of the society.

(7)A prohibition order so made and issued shall, subject to subsection (11) below, take effect on the date specified in the order.

(8)A copy of any order issued under subsection (6) above shall also be served on each director and on the chief executive of the society.

(9)The requirement of subsection (8) above, so far as it relates to directors, is satisfied by serving a copy on each director whose appointment has been officially notified and the non-receipt of a copy by a director or the chief executive does not affect the validity of the order.

(10)Subject to subsection (11) below, a prohibition order shall remain in force until revoked by the Commission.

(11)The Commission may suspend or revoke a prohibition order so far as it relates to an asset the disposal of which appears to it, on the application of the society, to be impracticable.

(12)If a society contravenes a prohibition order issued against it under this section—

(a)the power conferred on the Commission by section 37(1) shall become exercisable in relation to the society; and

(b)the Commission may exercise that power or certify the contravention in writing to the High Court, or do both of those things;

but the contravention shall not invalidate any transaction or other act.

(13)On receiving such a certification, the High Court—

(a)may inquire into the case; and

(b)after hearing any witnesses who may be produced against or on behalf of the society and after hearing any statement which may be offered in defence, may punish the society in like manner as if it had been guilty of contempt of the court.

(14)Where a contravention of a prohibition order which is so certified is proved to have been committed with the consent or connivance of, or to be attributable to any neglect on the part of, any officer of the society he, as well as the society, may be punished in like manner as if he had been guilty of contempt of the court.

(15)In the application of this section to a building society whose principal office is in Scotland, references to the High Court shall be read as references to the Court of Session.

Commencement Information

I12S. 14 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

15 Powers to petition for winding up etc.U.K.

For section 37 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

37 Powers to petition for winding up etc.

(1)Where—

(a)by virtue of section 36(13) the powers conferred by this section become exercisable in relation to a building society;

(b)by virtue of section 36A(12) the power conferred by this subsection becomes so exercisable; or

(c)the Commission has reason to believe that a building society has ceased to comply with the requirement imposed by section 5(1)(a) (purpose or principal purpose),

the Commission may present a petition to the High Court for the winding up of the society under the applicable winding up legislation; and the power conferred by this subsection is available to the Commission whether or not it has previously presented a petition.

(2)Where by virtue of section 36(13) the powers conferred by this section become exercisable in relation to a building society, the Commission may make an application to the High Court for an order giving directions to the society under subsection (3) below; and the power conferred by this subsection is available to the Commission whether or not it has previously made an application for such an order.

(3)An order under this subsection is an order directing the society to comply with a direction under subsection (3), (5), (6), (7) or (10) of section 36 as directed in the order, or to carry out a restructuring plan as so directed.

(4)Where the High Court makes an order under subsection (3) above, the Commission shall give a copy of it to the central office and the central office shall keep the copy in the public file of the society.

(5)The High Court shall not make an order winding up the society on an application under subsection (1)(c) above unless it is satisfied that the society has ceased to comply with the requirement imposed by section 5(1)(a).

(6)In the application of this section to a building society whose principal office is in Scotland, references to the High Court shall be read as references to the Court of Session.

Commencement Information

I13S. 15 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

F116. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F1S. 16 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(a) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

17 Power to direct transfers of engagements or business.U.K.

(1)After section 42A of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

42B Power to direct transfers of engagements or business.

(1)If, with respect to a building society for which an authorisation is in force, the Commission considers it expedient to do so in order to protect the investments of shareholders or depositors, it may either—

(a)direct the society, within a specified period, to transfer all its engagements to one or more other building societies under section 94; or

(b)direct the society, within a specified period, to transfer its business to an existing company under section 97.

(2)Failure by a society to comply with a direction given under subsection (1) shall render it liable to have its authorisation revoked under section 43(1).

(3)Where the Commission—

(a)gives a building society a direction under subsection (1)(a) above; or

(b)does not give a building society such a direction solely because the society is already seeking to transfer all its engagements to one or more other building societies under section 94,

the Commission may, if it considers it expedient to do so in order to protect the investments of shareholders or depositors, direct that, instead of resolving to transfer its engagements by the two resolutions required by section 94(2) (with or without the additional resolution required by section 94(3)), the society may resolve to do so by a resolution of the board of directors.

(4)Where the Commission—

(a)gives a building society a direction under subsection (1)(b) above; or

(b)does not give a building society such a direction solely because the society is already seeking to transfer its business to an existing company under section 97,

the Commission may, if it considers it expedient to do so in order to protect the investments of shareholders or depositors, direct that, instead of approving the transfer and the terms of the transfer by the two resolutions required by section 97(4)(c), the society may approve the transfer and those terms by a resolution of the board of directors.

(5)A direction under subsection (3) or (4) above—

(a)shall be in writing;

(b)may be given subject to such limitations or conditions as the Commission may think fit; and

(c)unless renewed by a further direction, shall cease to have effect at the end of the period of 90 days beginning with the day on which it is given.

(6)Section 45 has effect for the purpose of any determination whether or not it is expedient to exercise the powers conferred by this section.

(7)In Schedule 8A to this Act—

(a)Part I (which contains provisions modifying sections 94 to 96 and Schedule 16 to this Act) shall apply where a direction is given under subsection (3) above; and

(b)Part II (which contains provisions modifying sections 97 to 100 and Schedule 17 to this Act) shall apply where a direction is given under subsection (4) above.

(8)The Commission, with the consent of the Treasury, may make regulations for the purpose of specifying, as prescribed matters—

(a)the matters of which statements under paragraph 3 of Schedule 8A to this Act are to give particulars; and

(b)the matters of which statements under paragraph 9 of that Schedule are to give particulars.

(9)The power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(2)Immediately before Schedule 9 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted, as Schedule 8A, the provisions set out in Schedule 4 to this Act (transfer directions: modifications of Part X).

18 Notification and confirmation of transfer directions.U.K.

After section 42B of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

42C Notification and confirmation of transfer directions.

(1)A direction under section 42B(1) shall be given by notice in writing and may be varied by a further direction; and a direction may be revoked by the Commission by a notice in writing to the building society concerned.

(2)A direction under section 42B(1), except one varying a previous direction with the agreement of the building society concerned—

(a)shall state the reasons for which it is given and give particulars of the society’s rights under subsection (3) below and section 46; and

(b)shall cease to have effect at the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which it is given unless before the end of that period it is confirmed by a further written notice given by the Commission to the society concerned.

(3)A building society to which a direction is given which requires confirmation under subsection (2) above may, within the period of 14 days beginning with the day on which the direction is given, make written representations to the Commission; and the Commission shall take any such representations into account in deciding whether to confirm the direction.

F219. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F2S. 19 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F3S. 20 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F421. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F4S. 21 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F522. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F5S. 22 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F623. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F6S. 23 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F724. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F7S. 24 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(b) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Part IIIU.K. Accountability to members

25 Special meeting on members’ requisition.U.K.

After paragraph 20 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

Special meeting on members’ requisition

20A(1)On a members’ requisition, a building society shall—

(a)duly call a special meeting, and specify the meeting as such in the notice calling it; and

(b)if so required by the requisition, send to each member entitled to receive notice of the meeting a copy of a statement of not more than 500 words with respect to the matters to be dealt with at the meeting;

and where a meeting is so called no business shall be conducted at the meeting other than that stated in the notice calling it or (where applicable) that mentioned in sub-paragraph (8)(b) below.

(2)A members’ requisition is a requisition of not less than the requisite number of members of the society; and that number is 100 or such lesser number as may be specified in the rules of the society.

(3)The requisition—

(a)must state the objects of the meeting, be signed by the requisitionists and be deposited at the society’s principal office; and

(b)may consist of several documents in like form each signed by one or more requisitionists and each after the first deposited within three months of the date on which the first was deposited.

(4)Where the requisition consists of several documents, the date of its deposit shall be taken to be the date on which the document signed by the requisitionist making up the requisite number is deposited at the society’s principal office.

(5)The rules of the society may require a requisitionist—

(a)to state his full name and address;

(b)to fulfil one or other of the following conditions, namely—

(i)to have been a shareholding member for a specified period and to hold, or to have held at any time during that period, shares in the society to such value (not greater than the prescribed amount) as is specified in the rules; and

(ii)to have been a borrowing member for a specified period and to owe to the society, or to have owed to the society at any time during that period, a mortgage debt of such amount (not greater than the prescribed amount) as is so specified; and

(c)to identify a share or mortgage account with the society which will evidence the fact that he fulfils one or other of those conditions;

and in this sub-paragraph “specified period” means such period (not more than two years) before the date of the requisition as is specified in the rules.

(6)No objection may be made by virtue of such rules to the requisition or, where the requisition consists of several documents, to any of those documents unless it is made within 14 days of the requisition or document being deposited at the society’s principal office.

(7)The rules of the society may also require a sum of money, not exceeding £25 per requisitionist, to be deposited with the requisition; and, where any money is so deposited, it shall be forfeited to the society, or returned to the persons who deposited it, as provided by the rules.

(8)The rules shall not provide for any deposited money to be forfeited to the society except—

(a)where a quorum is not present within half an hour after the time appointed for the meeting; or

(b)where and to the extent that those eligible to vote at the meeting decide by ordinary resolution that the money should be applied to defray the whole or any part of the expenses of holding the meeting.

(9)If the rules of a building society so provide, sub-paragraph (1) above does not require the society—

(a)to call a special meeting if the only or main object of the meeting is to move a resolution in substantially the same terms as any resolution which has been defeated at a meeting or on a postal ballot during the period beginning with the third annual general meeting before the date on which the requisition is deposited at the society’s principal office; or

(b)to call a special meeting to be held during the period of four months beginning one month after the end of its financial year.

(10)Sub-paragraph (1)(b) above does not require the society to send copies of a statement to members entitled to receive notice of a meeting in any case where—

(a)publicity for the statement would be likely to diminish substantially the confidence in the society of investing members of the public; or

(b)the rights conferred by sub-paragraph (1)(b) above are being abused to seek needless publicity for defamatory matter or for frivolous or vexatious purposes;

and that provision shall not be taken to confer any rights on members, or to impose any duties on a building society, in respect of a statement which does not relate directly to the affairs of the society.

(11)Where sub-paragraph (1)(b) above requires copies of a statement to be sent to members entitled to receive notice of a meeting, the proceedings at the meeting are not invalidated by—

(a)the accidental omission to send a copy of the statement to a member entitled to receive one, or

(b)the non-receipt of such a copy by such a member.

(12)The Commission shall hear and determine any dispute arising under sub-paragraph (10)(a) above, whether on the application of the society or of any other person who claims to be aggrieved.

(13)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order substitute—

(a)for the number specified in sub-paragraph (2) above; or

(b)for the sum specified in sub-paragraph (7) above,

such other number or sum as appears to it to be appropriate; and an order under this subsection may make such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(14)The power to make an order under sub-paragraph (13) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I14S. 25 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

26 Failure to comply with members’ requisition.U.K.

After paragraph 20A of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

Failure to comply with members’ requisition

20B(1)This paragraph applies where a members’ requisition is deposited at a building society’s principal office and the society is not relieved of the obligation to call a special meeting by paragraph 20A(9)(a) above.

(2)Subject to sub-paragraph (5) below, if the society does not within 28 days from the date of the deposit of the requisition duly call a meeting to be held within 63 days from that date—

(a)the requisitionists, or any proportion of them exceeding one half, may themselves call a meeting to be held within five months from that date; and

(b)no business shall be conducted at a meeting so called other than that stated in the notice calling it or (where applicable) that mentioned in paragraph 20A(8)(b) above.

(3)A meeting called under sub-paragraph (2) above by requisitionists shall be called in the same manner, as nearly as may be, as that in which meetings are to be called by the society.

(4)If—

(a)paragraph 20A(1)(b) above requires the society to send to each member entitled to receive notice of the meeting a copy of a statement of not more than 500 words with respect to the matters to be dealt with at the meeting; and

(b)subject to sub-paragraph (5) below, that requirement is not complied with within 28 days from the date of the deposit of the requisition,

the requisitionists, or any proportion of them exceeding one half, may themselves send a copy of the statement to each such member.

(5)If the rules of the society make such provision as is mentioned in paragraph 20A(9)(b) above, any days falling within the period there mentioned shall be disregarded in determining any period for the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) or (4)(b) above.

(6)Any reasonable expenses incurred by the requisitionists by reason of the failure of the society to call a meeting, or to comply with such a requirement as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (4) above, shall be repaid to the requisitionists by the society.

(7)Any sum so repaid shall be recoverable by the society from such of the directors of the society as were responsible for the failure (whether by the retention of fees or other remuneration in respect of services or otherwise).

Commencement Information

I15S. 26 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

27 Election of directors: general.U.K.

(1)In subsection (1) of section 60 of the 1986 Act (directors: elections and retirements), for paragraph (a) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(a)on a poll taken at the annual general meeting of the society, or.

(2)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A)Where directors of a building society are to be elected to office on a poll taken at the annual general meeting of the society, a form for the appointment of a proxy shall be sent to each person entitled to notice of the meeting.

(3)For subsection (3) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(3)Where, in the case of an election of directors of a building society, there are more candidates than vacancies to be filled by the election, a person entitled to vote in the election—

(a)shall have one vote in respect of every vacancy, but

(b)cannot be required to cast all or any of his votes.

(3A)Where, in the case of an election of directors of a building society, there are not more candidates than vacancies to be filled by the election—

(a)a person entitled to vote in the election shall have one vote in respect of every candidate, but cannot be required to cast all or any of his votes;

(b)each vote shall be capable of being cast either for or against the candidate concerned; and

(c)a candidate shall be elected if, and only if, more votes are cast for him than against him.

(4)In subsection (4) of that section, for the words “any person” there shall be substituted the words “ any natural person ”.

(5)In subsection (10) of that section, for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(b)their qualifications as respects length of membership and the value of their shares or the amount of their mortgage debt;.

(6)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(10A)A nomination of a candidate for election as a director of a building society—

(a)may be made at any time; but

(b)if made after the closing date for the nomination of candidates for the next election of directors, shall be carried forward (unless the candidate otherwise requires) as a nomination for the next election of directors after that;

and in this subsection and section 61 “the closing date for the nomination of candidates”, in relation to an election of directors, means the last day of the last financial year to end before the voting date.

(7)In subsection (17) of that section, the definition of “ordinary resolution” shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I16S. 27 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

28 Election of directors: supplementary.U.K.

(1)For subsections (1) and (2) of section 61 of the 1986 Act (directors: supplementary provisions as to elections etc.) there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(1)Rules made under section 60(10)(a), in order to comply with this section, must not require—

(a)in the case of a society whose total commercial assets do not exceed £100 million, more than 10 members;

(b)in the case of a society whose total commercial assets exceed £100 million but do not exceed £250 million, more than 20 members;

(c)in the case of a society whose total commercial assets exceed £250 million but do not exceed £1,000 million, more than 30 members;

(d)in the case of a society whose total commercial assets exceed £1,000 million but do not exceed £5,000 million, more than 40 members; and

(e)in the case of a society whose total commercial assets exceed £5,000 million, more than 50 members,

to join in nominating a person for election as a director.

(2)Rules under section 60(10)(b), in order to comply with this section, must not require a nominating member—

(a)to have been a member for more than two years before the date of the nomination; or

(b)if he claims eligibility as a shareholding member, to hold, or to have held at any time during that period, shares in the society to a value greater than £100; or

(c)if he claims eligibility as a borrowing member, to owe to the society, or to have owed to the society at any time during that period, a mortgage debt of an amount greater than £100.

(2)For subsection (4) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(3A)In subsection (1) above “total commercial assets”, in relation to a building society, means the difference between the total assets of the society as shown in the relevant accounts and the aggregate of—

(a)the liquid assets of the society as shown in those accounts in pursuance of regulations under section 73(7); and

(b)the fixed assets of the society as so shown;

and in this subsection “the relevant accounts” means the accounts which, immediately before the closing date for the nomination of candidates, were the accounts last prepared by the society under section 72.

(4)The Commission may, by order, substitute—

(a)for any amount or number specified in subsection (1) above;

(b)for any amount specified in subsection (2) above; or

(c)for any amount or percentage specified in subsection (3) above,

such other amount, number or percentage as it thinks appropriate; and the Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order vary subsection (3A) above by adding to or deleting from it any provision or by varying any provision contained in it.

(3)In subsection (7) of that section—

(a)for the words from “If” to “nominations” there shall be substituted the words “ If, before the closing date for the nomination of candidates, a duly nominated candidate for election as a director of a building society furnishes the society with an election address, or a revised election address, of not more than 500 words ”; and

(b)in paragraph (a), after the words “the address” there shall be inserted the words “ or, as the case may require, the revised address ”.

(4)In subsection (8) of that section—

(a)after the words “an address”, in both places where they occur, there shall be inserted the words “ or a revised address ”; and

(b)after the words “the address” there shall be inserted the words “ or revised address ”.

Commencement Information

I17S. 28 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

29 Acquisition or establishment of a business.U.K.

After section 92 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

New businessU.K.

92A Acquisition or establishment of a business.

(1)A building society—

(a)in order to acquire, or allow a subsidiary undertaking to acquire, a business to which subsections (3) and (4) below apply; or

(b)in order to establish, or allow such an undertaking to establish, a business to which subsections (3) and (5) below apply,

must resolve so to do by an ordinary resolution; but a failure to comply with this subsection shall not invalidate any transaction or other act.

(2)In order to be effective for the purposes of subsection (1) above, an ordinary resolution of a building society must be passed by a majority of the members of the society entitled to vote on such a resolution and voting either—

(a)in person or by proxy on a poll on the resolution at a meeting of the society; or

(b)in a postal ballot on the resolution;

and in a case falling within paragraph (a) above, a form for the appointment of a proxy shall be sent to each person entitled to notice of the meeting.

(3)This subsection applies to a business which is proposed to be acquired or established if, in the opinion of the board of directors of the society—

(a)the greater part of the income of the business is or will be derived from activities having no connection with loans secured on residential property;

(b)the greater part of the resources of the business are or will be devoted to such activities; or

(c)the greater part of the business consists or will consist of such activities.

(4)This subsection applies to a business which is proposed to be acquired if X is not less than 15 per cent of Y where—

X = the amount or value of the consideration to be given for the shares, voting rights or assets proposed to be acquired;

Y = the amount of the society’s own funds as at the relevant date.

(5)This subsection applies to a business which is proposed to be established if X is not less than 15 per cent of Y where—

X = the aggregate of the following as estimated by the society, namely—

(a)the cost of acquiring, developing, adapting or repairing any premises required for the purposes of the business;

(b)the initial cost of acquiring any plant or equipment, or any intellectual property, so required;

(c)the initial cost of employing or training staff so required;

(d)the cost of obtaining any professional advice required in connection with the establishment of the business;

(e)any other non-recurring items of expenditure to be incurred in that connection; and

(f)in the case of a business proposed to be established by a subsidiary undertaking, the amount of any capital to be provided by the society which will not be used for defraying items of expenditure falling within the foregoing paragraphs;

Y = the amount of the society’s own funds as at the relevant date.

(6)Where a business is proposed to be acquired or established by a syndicate whose members include a building society or subsidiary undertaking—

(a)subsection (1) above shall have effect as if the business were proposed to be acquired or (as the case may be) established by the society; and

(b)whichever of subsections (4) and (5) above is applicable shall have effect as if X were only so much of X as is referable to participation in the syndicate by the society or undertaking.

(7)For the purposes of subsections (1)(a) and (4) above, two or more proposed acquisitions by a building society or subsidiary undertaking which will form part of a larger acquisition or series of acquisitions shall be treated as a single acquisition.

(8)Nothing in this section shall apply in relation to a building society in so far as it undertakes, in accordance with section 94 and Schedule 16 to this Act, to fulfil engagements transferred to it in accordance with that section and that Schedule.

(9)In this section—

  • initial”, in relation to any cost, means incurred, or likely in the directors’ opinion to be incurred, not later than 12 months after the establishment of the business;

  • intellectual property” includes—

    (a)

    any patent, know-how, trade mark, service mark, registered design, copyright or design right; and

    (b)

    any licence under or in respect of any such right;

  • the relevant date”, in relation to a building society, means—

    (a)

    the date of the end of its last financial year or, failing that, the date of its establishment; or

    (b)

    where it has been involved in a transfer of engagements, the date of that transfer,

    whichever is the later.

(10)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order substitute for the percentage specified in subsection (4) or (5) above such other percentage as appears to it to be appropriate; and an order under this subsection may make such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(11)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by order vary subsections (5) and (9) above by adding to or deleting from them any provision or by varying any provision contained in them; and an order under this subsection may make—

(a)different provisions for different cases or purposes; and

(b)such supplementary, transitional and saving provision as appears to the Commission to be necessary or expedient.

(12)The power to make an order under subsection (10) or (11) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I18S. 29 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

30 Information about transfers or proposed transfers of business.U.K.

(1)In subsection (1) of section 98 of the 1986 Act (transfers of business: supplementary provisions), after the word “statements” there shall be inserted the words “ or summaries ”.

(2)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A)Part IA of that Schedule shall have effect for imposing requirements for notification by a building society, to its members and to the central office, of the receipt by the society of a proposal for the transfer of the whole of its business to a company.

(3)For Part I of Schedule 17 to the 1986 Act there shall be substituted, as Parts I and IA, the provisions set out in Parts I and II respectively of Schedule 5 to this Act (information about transfers or proposed transfers of business).

31 Transfers of business: increased remuneration etc.U.K.

After section 99 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

99A Transfers of business: increased remuneration etc.

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, the terms of a transfer of business by a building society to the company which is to be its successor may include provision for any director or other officer of the society to receive increased emoluments in consequence of the transfer, whether by way of increased remuneration or the grant of share options or otherwise.

(2)An ordinary resolution approving any such provision must be put before a meeting of the society.

Part IVU.K. Protection of investors and investigation of complaints

F832. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F8S. 32 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(c) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F933. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F9S. 33 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(c) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F1034. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F10S. 34 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(c) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F1135. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F11S. 35 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(c) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Part VU.K. Miscellaneous and supplemental

MiscellaneousU.K.

36 Registered and business names.U.K.

(1)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 9 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (building society not to use any name or title other than registered name) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2)Every building society shall paint or affix, and keep painted or affixed, its registered name on the outside of every office or place in which its business is carried on, in a conspicuous position and in letters easily legible.

(2A)Every building society shall state its registered name in legible characters in all of the following documents, namely—

(a)its business letters;

(b)its account statements, including those relating to deposit, share, loan or mortgage accounts;

(c)its passbooks;

(d)its notices and publications, including all documents sent to members;

(e)its invoices and receipts;

(f)its letters of credit and any instruments creating or acknowledging its indebtedness;

(g)its contracts, agreements, mortgages and deeds; and

(h)its bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods.

(2)After sub-paragraph (7) of that paragraph there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph—

(8)For the purposes of this paragraph and paragraphs 10 to 10C below “registered name”, in relation to a building society, means the name of the society which is for the time being registered with the central office.

(3)For paragraph 10 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (offences relating to society name) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

10(1)If a building society does not—

(a)paint or affix its registered name; or

(b)keep its registered name painted or affixed,

as required by paragraph 9(2) above, the society shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(2)A building society which, without reasonable excuse, does not comply with paragraph 9(2A) above shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3)If an officer of a building society or a person on its behalf issues or authorises the issue of any document mentioned in paragraph 9(2A)(a) to (g) above, in which the society’s registered name is not stated as required by that paragraph, he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(4)If an officer of a building society or a person on its behalf signs or authorises to be signed on behalf of the building society any document mentioned in paragraph 9(2A)(h) above in which the society’s registered name is not stated as required by that paragraph—

(a)he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale; and

(b)he shall be further personally liable to the holder of the bill of exchange, promissory note, cheque or order for money or goods for the amount of it (unless it is duly paid by the building society).

(5)If a building society fails to send to the central office a notice which it is required to send to it under paragraph 9(4) above, the society shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale and so shall any officer who is also guilty of the offence.

(4)After that paragraph there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

10A Restrictions on business names

(1)This paragraph and paragraph 10B below apply where a building society carries on business under a name other than the following, namely—

(a)its registered name;

(b)its registered name with the omission of the words “Building Society”; and

(c)its registered name with an addition which merely indicates that the business is carried on in succession to a former building society with which it has merged.

(2)The society shall not, without the written approval of the Commission, carry on business under a name which—

(a)would be likely to give the impression that the business is connected with Her Majesty’s Government or with any local authority, or

(b)includes any word or expression for the time being specified in regulations made under sub-paragraph (3) below.

(3)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by regulations—

(a)specify words or expressions for the use of which as or as part of a business name the approval of the Commission is required by sub-paragraph (2) above, and

(b)in relation to any such word or expression, specify a Government department or other body for the purposes of sub-paragraph (4) below.

(4)Where the society proposes to carry on business under a name which is or includes any such word or expression, and a government department or other body is specified under sub-paragraph (3)(b) above in relation to that word or expression, the society shall—

(a)request (in writing) the relevant body to indicate whether (and if so why) it has any objections to the proposal, and

(b)submit to the Commission a statement that such a request has been made and a copy of any response received from the relevant body.

(5)For the purposes of this paragraph “local authority” means—

(a)any local authority within the meaning of the M10Local Government Act 1972, the Common Council of the City of London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

(b)any local authority within the meaning of the M11Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994;

(c)any district council within the meaning of the M12Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.

10B Use of business names: required disclosure

(1)Paragraph 9(2A) above shall have effect as if after the words “in legible characters” there were inserted the words “which are reasonably prominent”.

(2)The society shall in all documents mentioned in paragraph 9(2A) above state in legible characters an address in the United Kingdom at which service of any document relating in any way to the business will be effective.

(3)The society shall also in any premises where the business is carried on and to which the members of the society, the customers of the business or suppliers of any goods or services to the business have access, display in a prominent position so that it may easily be read by such persons a notice containing the society’s registered name and the address mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) above.

(4)The society shall secure that the registered name and the address mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) above is immediately given, by written notice, to any person with whom anything is done or discussed in the course of the business and who asks for the registered name or the address.

(5)The Commission may, with the consent of the Treasury, by regulations require a notice under sub-paragraph (3) or (4) above to be displayed or given in a specified form.

10C Use of business names: supplementary

(1)A building society which contravenes paragraph 10A(2) above shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(2)A building society which, without reasonable excuse, does not comply with paragraph 9(2A) or 10B(2), (3) or (4) above, or any regulations made under paragraph 10B(5) above, shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3)Where paragraph 10A above applies any legal proceedings brought by the society to enforce a right arising out of a contract made in the course of the business in respect of which the society was, at the time the contract was made, in breach of paragraph 9(2A) or 10B(2), (3) or (4) above shall be dismissed if the defendant (or, in Scotland, the defender) to the proceedings shows—

(a)that he has a claim against the plaintiff (pursuer) arising out of that contract which he has been unable to pursue by reason of the plaintiff’s (pursuer’s) breach of paragraph 9(2A) or 10B(2), (3) or (4) above, or

(b)that he has suffered some financial loss in connection with the contract by reason of the latter’s breach of paragraph 9(2A) or 10B(2), (3) or (4) above,

unless the court before which the proceedings are brought is satisfied that it is just and equitable to let the proceedings continue.

(4)Sub-paragraph (3) above is without prejudice to the right of any person to enforce such rights as he may have against another person in any proceedings brought by that person.

(5)Regulations made under paragraph 10A(3) or 10B(5) above shall be made by statutory instrument subject to annulment by resolution of either House of Parliament.

(6)Such regulations may contain such transitional provisions and savings as the Commission thinks fit, and may make different provision for different cases or classes of case.

37 Access to registers of members.U.K.

(1)For sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) of paragraph 15 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (right of members to obtain particulars from register) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(1)At any time when a building society—

(a)has had its authorisation revoked under section 43; and

(b)has not been re-authorised under section 44,

a member of the society shall, subject to sub-paragraph (1A) below, have the right to obtain, from the register kept under paragraph 13 above, the names and addresses of members of the society, for the purpose of communicating with them on a subject relating to the affairs of the society.

(1A)Sub-paragraph (1) above shall not apply unless the member in question—

(a)is qualified under the rules of the society to join in a members’ requisition for a special meeting, or to join in nominating a person for election as a director; or

(b)would be so qualified if any requirements as to length of time a person must have been a shareholding or borrowing member were omitted.

(2)If, at any time not falling within sub-paragraph (1) above, a member of a building society who is qualified under the rules of the society to join in a members’ requisition for a special meeting, or to join in nominating a person for election as a director, makes a written application to the Commission for the right to obtain names and addresses from the register, the Commission—

(a)if satisfied that the applicant—

(i)requires that right for the purpose of communicating with members of the society on a subject relating to its affairs; and

(ii)has not, since making the application, voluntarily ceased to be a member of the society; and

(b)having regard to the interests of the members as a whole and to all the other circumstances; and

(c)on payment by the applicant of a fee of £25 or such other amount as may be prescribed,

may direct that the applicant shall have the right to obtain from the register the names and addresses of the members for the purpose of communicating with them on that subject.

(2)After sub-paragraph (6) of that paragraph there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraphs—

(7)No information obtained under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) above or this sub-paragraph and relating to a member of the society may be disclosed except—

(a)with the consent of that member; or

(b)in the case of information obtained under sub-paragraph (1) or (2) above, for purposes connected with the purpose mentioned in that paragraph.

(8)Any person who discloses information in contravention of sub-paragraph (7) above shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to a fine or both; and

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

(9)The Treasury may, by regulations, prescribe the amount of any fees payable under sub-paragraph (2) above; and regulations under this sub-paragraph may include—

(a)provision for any fees so payable to be reduced or for payment of any fees to be waived by the Commission in circumstances determined by or under the regulations; and

(b)such incidental, supplementary and transitional provision as appears to the Treasury to be necessary or expedient.

(10)The power to make regulations under sub-paragraph (9) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(11)The amounts received by the Commission under sub-paragraph (2) above shall be applied as an appropriation in aid of money provided by Parliament for the expenses of the Commission under this Act, and in so far as not so applied, shall be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

38 Transactions with directors and persons connected with them.U.K.

After section 66 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

66A Transactions with directors and persons connected with them.

(1)This section applies where a building society enters into a transaction the parties to which include—

(a)a director of the society; or

(b)a person connected with such a director,

and the board of directors, in connection with the transaction, exceed any limitation on their powers by reason of anything included in the society’s constitution, that is to say, its memorandum and rules.

(2)The transaction is voidable at the instance of the society.

(3)Whether or not it is avoided, any such party to the transaction as is mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b) above, and any director of the society who authorised the transaction, is liable—

(a)to account to the society for any gain which he has made directly or indirectly by the transaction, and

(b)to indemnify the society for any loss or damage resulting from the transaction.

(4)Nothing in the above provisions shall be construed as excluding the operation of any other enactment or rule of law by virtue of which the transaction may be called in question or any liability to the society may arise.

(5)The transaction ceases to be voidable if—

(a)restitution of any money or other asset which was the subject-matter of the transaction is no longer possible, or

(b)the society is indemnified for any loss or damage resulting from the transaction, or

(c)rights acquired bona fide for value and without actual notice of the directors’ exceeding their powers by a person who is not party to the transaction would be affected by the avoidance, or

(d)the transaction is ratified by the society in general meeting, by ordinary or special resolution or otherwise as the case may require.

(6)A person other than a director of the society is not liable under subsection (3) above if he shows that at the time the transaction was entered into he did not know that the directors were exceeding their powers.

(7)This section does not affect the operation of sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 17 of Schedule 2 in relation to any party to the transaction not within subsection (1)(a) or (b) above.

But where a transaction is voidable by virtue of this section and valid by virtue of that sub-paragraph in favour of such a person, the court may, on the application of that person or of the society, make such order affirming, severing or setting aside the transaction, on such terms, as appear to the court to be just.

(8)In this section “transaction” includes any act; and the reference in subsection (1) above to limitations under the society’s constitution includes limitations deriving—

(a)from a resolution of the society passed at a general or special meeting or on a postal ballot; or

(b)from any agreement between the members of the society.

Commencement Information

I19S. 38 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

39 Application of certain insolvency legislation.U.K.

(1)After section 90 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

90A Application of other companies insolvency legislation to building societies.

For the purpose of—

(a)enabling voluntary arrangements to be approved in relation to building societies,

(b)enabling administration orders to be made in relation to building societies, and

(c)making provision with respect to persons appointed in England and Wales or Northern Ireland as receivers and managers of building societies’ property,

the enactments specified in paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 15A to this Act shall apply in relation to building societies with the modifications specified in that Schedule.

(2)After Schedule 15 to the 1986 Act there shall be inserted, as Schedule 15A, the provisions set out in Schedule 6 to this Act (application of other companies insolvency legislation to building societies).

40 Abolition of priority liquidation distribution rights.U.K.

In section 100 of the 1986 Act (distribution and share rights), the following provisions (which confer rights to priority liquidation distributions) shall cease to have effect, namely—

(a)in subsection (2), paragraph (c) and the word “and” immediately before that paragraph; and

(b)subsections (5) and (6).

41 Protective provisions for specially formed successors.U.K.

For section 101 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

101 Protective provisions for specially formed successors.

(1)No company specially formed by a building society to be its successor shall, at any time during the protective period—

(a)offer for sale or invite subscription for any shares in the company or allot or agree to allot any such shares with a view to their being offered for sale, or

(b)allot or agree to allot any share in the company, or

(c)register a transfer of shares in the company,

if the effect of the offer, the invitation, the allotment or the registration of the transfer would be that more shares than the permitted proportion would be held by any one person (other than the society), or by any two or more persons who are parties to a concert party agreement which relates to shares in the company.

(2)The articles of association of the company shall include provision such as will secure that the company does not offer, invite subscription for, allot or register transfers of, shares in contravention of subsection (1) above and no alteration in those provisions may be made by the company during the protective period.

(3)Any provision (including any altered provision) of the company’s articles of association which is to any extent inconsistent with subsection (1) above shall, to that extent, be void; and any allotment or registration of a transfer of shares in contravention of that subsection shall be void.

(4)This section shall cease to apply to a company if—

(a)a financial institution becomes a subsidiary undertaking of the company, or the company or such an undertaking acquires the whole, or substantially the whole, of the business of such an institution;

(b)a special resolution to that effect is passed by the requisite majority of the members of the company; or

(c)the Bank by notice to the company gives a direction to that effect;

and the Bank shall not give such a direction unless it considers it desirable to do so in the interests of the depositors and potential depositors of the company.

(5)If this section ceases to apply to a company, any provision included by virtue of subsection (2) above in its articles of association shall cease to have effect.

(6)In this section—

  • the Bank” means the Bank of England;

  • concert party agreement” means an agreement to which section 204 of the M13Companies Act 1985 or Article 212 of the M14Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 applies;

  • EEA country or territory” has the same meaning as in sections 6A and 6B;

  • financial institution” means any of the following, namely—

    (a)

    a building society authorised under this Act;

    (b)

    an institution authorised under section 3 or 4 of the M15Insurance Companies Act 1982 to carry on business of a class specified in Schedule 1 or 2 to that Act;

    (c)

    a person authorised under Chapter III of Part I of the M16Financial Services Act 1986 or included in the list maintained by the Bank under section 43 of that Act;

    (d)

    an institution authorised under section 9 of the M17Banking Act 1987;

    (e)

    a friendly society authorised under section 32(9) of the M18Friendly Societies Act 1992;

    (f)

    any body formed in or incorporated under the law of an EEA country or territory outside the United Kingdom and carrying on in the United Kingdom business of a kind which, if it were formed in or incorporated under the law of any part of the United Kingdom, it would be precluded from carrying on there without being authorised as mentioned in the preceding paragraphs;

  • the permitted proportion”, in relation to shares in the company, is 15 per cent. of the company’s issued share capital;

  • the protective period” is the period beginning with the date of the company’s incorporation and ending five years after the vesting date or, if this section ceases to apply to the company, ending on the date on which it so ceases;

  • the requisite majority” means a majority of the members having the right to attend and vote at a general meeting of the company, being a majority together holding not less than 75 per cent in nominal value of the shares giving that right;

  • transfer”, in relation to shares, does not include a transfer to a person to whom the right to any shares has been transmitted by operation of law;

and any expression used in this section and in the M19Companies Act 1985 or, as regards Northern Ireland, the M20Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 has the same meaning in this section as in that Act or that Order.

(7)For the purposes of this section—

(a)shares held by a person in a fiduciary capacity shall be treated as not held by him;

(b)shares held by a person as nominee for another shall be treated as held by the other; and

(c)shares shall be regarded as held as nominee for another if any voting rights attaching to them are exercisable only on his instructions or with his consent or concurrence.

(8)Any reference in this section to shares includes a reference—

(a)to any warrant or other instrument entitling the holder to subscribe for shares; and

(b)to any certificate or other instrument issued by or on behalf of the company and conferring a right to acquire shares otherwise than by subscription;

and for the purposes of subsection (1) above any shares to which any such instrument relates shall be deemed to be held by the holder of the instrument.

42 Registration of charges by building societies.U.K.

After section 104 of the 1986 Act there shall be inserted the following section—

104A Registration of charges: application of company law.

(1)For the purpose of securing the registration of charges created by building societies, the Secretary of State may, by order made with the concurrence of the Treasury and after consultation with the Commission, provide that such of the provisions of—

(a)Part XII of the M21Companies Act 1985 (registration of charges); and

(b)Part XIII of the M22Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986,

as may be specified in the order shall apply in relation to building societies, and charges created by building societies, with such modifications as may be so specified.

(2)An order under this section may make different provision for different cases or different areas and may contain such incidental, supplemental and transitional provisions as may appear to the Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient.

(3)The power to make an order under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

43 Other amendments of 1986 Act.U.K.

Schedule 7 to this Act (which contains other amendments of the 1986 Act including some that are minor amendments or amendments consequential on the foregoing provisions of this Act) shall have effect.

Commencement Information

I20S. 43 partly in force; s. 43 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); s. 43 in force for certain purposes at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; s. 43 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II, III (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

SupplementalU.K.

F1244. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U.K.

Textual Amendments

F12S. 44 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(d) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

45 Minor and consequential amendments.U.K.

(1)In section 10 of the M23Bankers’ Books Evidence Act 1879 (interpretation of “legal proceeding” etc.), in the definition of “legal proceeding” for the words from “an arbitration” to the end there shall be substituted the following paragraphs—

(a)an arbitration;

(b)an application to, or an inquiry or other proceeding before, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal or any body exercising functions in relation to solicitors in Scotland or Northern Ireland corresponding to the functions of that Tribunal; and

(c)an investigation of a complaint by the adjudicator of a recognised scheme for the purposes of section 83 of the M24Building Societies Act 1986.

F13(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F13S. 45(2) repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/3629, art. 109, Sch.

Commencement Information

I21S. 45(1) partly in force; s. 45 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); s. 45(1) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; S. 45(2) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

46 Transitional provisions, savings and repeals etc.U.K.

(1)The transitional provisions and savings contained in Schedule 8 to this Act shall have effect; but those provisions and savings are without prejudice to sections 16 and 17 of the M25Interpretation Act 1978 (effect of repeals).

(2)The enactments and instruments specified in Schedule 9 to this Act are hereby repealed or revoked to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

Commencement Information

I22S. 46 partly in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3). S. 46 partly in force (21.5.1997) by S.I. 1997/1307, art. 2; s. 46 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II, III (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

Prospective

47 Short title, interpretation, commencement and extent.U.K.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Building Societies Act 1997.

(2)In this Act “the 1986 Act” means the Building Societies Act 1986 and expressions which are also used in that Act have the same meanings as in that Act.

(3)This Act, except—

(a)sections 40 and 41 above;

(b)paragraphs 9 and 10 of Schedule 8 to this Act and section 46(1) above so far as relating to those paragraphs; and

(c)section 46(2) above and Schedule 9 to this Act so far as relating to the repeals in section 100 of the 1986 Act and the revocations in the M26Building Societies (Transfer of Business) Regulations 1988,

shall come into force on such day as the Treasury may by order made by statutory instrument appoint, and different days may be appointed for different purposes or for building societies of different descriptions.

(4)Where any enactment amended or repealed by this Act extends to any part of the United Kingdom, the amendment or repeal extends to that part.

(5)Subject to subsection (4) above, this Act extends to Northern Ireland.

Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 47(3) power partly exercised (15.5.1997): 21.5.1997 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1997/1307, art. 2

S. 47(3) power partly exercised (5.6.1997): 9.6.1997 appointed for specified provisions by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2

Marginal Citations

SCHEDULES

Section 3(2).

SCHEDULE 1U.K. [Part II of Schedule 2 to 1986 Act]

Commencement Information

I23Sch. 1 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Capacity of society and power of directors to bind itU.K.

Capacity of society not limited by its memorandumU.K.

16(1)The validity of an act done by a building society shall not be called into question on the ground of lack of capacity by reason of anything included in the society’s memorandum.

(2)A member of a building society may bring proceedings to restrain the doing of an act which but for sub-paragraph (1) above would be beyond the society’s capacity; but no such proceedings shall lie in respect of an act to be done in fulfilment of a legal obligation arising from a previous act of the society.

(3)It remains the duty of the directors of a building society to observe any limitations on their powers flowing from the society’s memorandum; and action by the directors which but for sub-paragraph (1) above would be beyond the society’s capacity may only be ratified by the society by special resolution.

(4)A resolution ratifying such action shall not affect any liability incurred by the directors or any other person; relief from any such liability must be agreed to separately by special resolution.

Power of directors to bind societyU.K.

17(1)In favour of a person dealing with a building society in good faith, the power of the board of directors to bind the society, or authorise others to do so, shall not be limited by reason of anything included in the society’s constitution, that is to say, its memorandum and rules.

(2)For this purpose—

(a)a person deals with a building society if he is a party to any transaction or other act to which the society is a party;

(b)a person shall not be regarded as acting in bad faith by reason only of his knowing that an act is beyond the powers of the directors under the society’s constitution; and

(c)a person shall be presumed to have acted in good faith unless the contrary is proved.

(3)The references above to limitations on the directors’ powers under the society’s constitution include limitations deriving from a resolution of the society passed at a general meeting or special meeting or on a postal ballot, or from any agreement between the members of the society.

(4)Notwithstanding anything in paragraph 3(2) above, sub-paragraph (1) above applies in relation to members of the society, and to persons claiming on account of members or under the rules of the society, as it applies in relation to other persons.

(5)Sub-paragraph (1) above does not affect any right of a member of the society to bring proceedings to restrain the doing of an act which is beyond the powers of the directors; but no such proceedings shall lie in respect of an act to be done in fulfilment of a legal obligation arising from a previous act of the society.

(6)Nor does that sub-paragraph affect any liability incurred by the directors, or any other person, by reason of the directors’ exceeding their powers.

No duty to enquire as to capacity of society etc.U.K.

18(1)A party to a transaction with a building society is not bound to enquire as to whether it is permitted by the society’s constitution or as to any limitation on the powers of the board of directors to bind the society or authorise others to do so.

(2)Notwithstanding anything in paragraph 3(2) above, sub-paragraph (1) above applies in relation to members of the society as it applies in relation to other persons.

Section 7(2).

SCHEDULE 2U.K. [Schedule 2a to 1986 Act]

Discharge of mortgages: supplementary provisionsU.K.

Main provisionsU.K.

1(1)When all money intended to be secured by a mortgage given to a building society has been fully paid or discharged, the society may endorse on or annex to the mortgage one or other of the following—

(a)a receipt in the prescribed form signed by any person acting under the authority of the board of directors;

(b)a reconveyance of the mortgaged property to the mortgagor;

(c)a reconveyance of the mortgaged property to such person of full age, and on such trusts (if any), as the mortgagor may direct.

(2)Where in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1) above a receipt is endorsed on or annexed to a mortgage, not being a charge or incumbrance registered under the M27Land Registration Act 1925, the receipt shall operate in accordance with section 115(1), (3), (6) and (8) of the M28Law of Property Act 1925 (discharge of mortgages by receipt) in the like manner as a receipt which fulfils all the requirements of subsection (1) of that section.

(3)Section 115(9) of the Law of Property Act 1925 shall not apply to a receipt in the prescribed form endorsed or annexed by a building society in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1) above; and in the application of that subsection to a receipt so endorsed or annexed which is not in that form, the receipt shall be taken to be executed in the manner required by the statute relating to the society if it is signed as mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) above.

(4)The foregoing sub-paragraphs shall, in the case of a mortgage of registered land, have effect without prejudice to the operation of the Land Registration Act 1925 or any rules in force under it.

(5)In this paragraph—

  • mortgage” includes a further charge;

  • the mortgagor”, in relation to a mortgage, means the person for the time being entitled to the equity of redemption; and

  • registered land” has the same meaning as in the Land Registration Act 1925.

(6)This paragraph does not extend to Scotland.

Application of paragraph 1 to Northern IrelandU.K.

2(1)In its application to Northern Ireland, paragraph 1 above shall have effect with the following modifications.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1) after the words “on such trusts” there shall be inserted the words “or uses”.

(3)In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)for the words from “charge” to “Property Act 1925” there shall be substituted the words “charge on registered land, the receipt shall operate in accordance with Article 3(1), (7) and (9) of the M29Property (Discharge of Mortgage by Receipt) (Northern Ireland) Order 1983”; and

(b)for the words “subsection (1) of that section” there shall be substituted the words “paragraph (1) of that Article”.

(4)For sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs— “

(3)If the mortgage is registered in accordance with the M30Registration of Deeds Act (Northern Ireland) 1970, the registrar under that Act shall—

(a)on production of the receipt mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) above make a note in the Abstract Book against the entry relating to the mortgage that the mortgage is satisfied; and

(b)grant a certificate, either on the mortgage or separately, that the mortgage is satisfied.

(4)The certificate granted under sub-paragraph (3)(b) above shall—

(a)be received in all courts and proceedings without further proof; and

(b)have the effect of clearing the register of the mortgage.”

(5)In sub-paragraph (5) for the definition of “registered land” there shall be substituted the following definition—

registered land” means land the title to which is registered under Part III of the M31Land Registration Act (Northern Ireland) 1970. ”

Power to prescribe form of documentsU.K.

3(1)The Chief Registrar may make rules for prescribing anything authorised or required by paragraph 1 above to be prescribed; and in this Schedule “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this paragraph.

(2)The power to make rules under this paragraph shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

F14SCHEDULE 3U.K.. . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F14Sch. 3 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(e) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Section 17(2).

SCHEDULE 4U.K. [Schedule 8a to 1986 Act]

Transfer directions: modifications of Part X

Part IU.K. Directions under section 42B(3)

PreliminaryU.K.

1This Part of this Schedule applies where a direction is given under section 42B(3) (“the direction”).

Compensation for loss of officeU.K.

2(1)The consent of the Commission shall be sufficient authority for the provision for any such compensation as is mentioned in section 96(1)(a).

(2)A resolution of the board of directors passed in pursuance of the direction shall be sufficient authority for any such payments as are mentioned in section 96(1)(b).

Statements to membersU.K.

3(1)The following provisions of this paragraph shall apply in place of paragraph 1 of Schedule 16.

(2)The society shall send to every member entitled to notice of a meeting of the society, a statement containing—

(a)the particulars required, in relation to prescribed matters, by regulations under section 42B(8); and

(b)particulars of any other matters required by the Commission in the case of the particular transfer of engagements,

with or without other particulars regarding that transfer.

(3)The statement shall be sent—

(a)where the Commission has given the society a direction under section 42B(1)(a), within the period (not being less than 28 days) specified in the notice of confirmation under section 42C(2)(b);

(b)where the Commission has not given the society such a direction, within 14 days of the board of directors passing a resolution in pursuance of the direction.

(4)No statement shall be sent unless its contents, so far as they concern the prescribed matters or any matter of which particulars are required to be given under sub-paragraph (2)(b) above, have been approved by the Commission.

(5)A failure to comply with a requirement of this paragraph shall not invalidate the transfer of engagements; but, if the society fails without reasonable excuse to comply with such a requirement the society shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale and so shall any officer who is also guilty of the offence.

Application for confirmationU.K.

4No application for confirmation by the Commission of the transfer of engagements may be made under Part III of Schedule 16 until after the society has complied with the requirements of paragraph 3 above.

Grounds for not confirming transferU.K.

5Section 95 shall apply as if—

(a)for paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (4) there were substituted the following paragraph—

(a)the members or a proportion of them would be unreasonably prejudiced by the transfer;”

; and

(b)in subsection (6), for the words “paragraphs (a), (b) and (c)” there were substituted the words “paragraphs (a) and (c)” and, in paragraph (a), the words “, including the calling of a further meeting,” were omitted.

Part IIU.K. Directions under section 42B(4)

PreliminaryU.K.

6This Part of this Schedule applies where a direction is given under section 42B(4) (“the direction”).

Compensation for loss of officeU.K.

7(1)The consent of the Commission shall be sufficient authority for the provision for any such compensation as is mentioned in section 99(2)(a).

(2)A resolution of the board of directors passed in pursuance of the direction shall be sufficient authority for any such payments as are mentioned in section 99(2)(b).

Increased remunerationU.K.

8If the Commission consents to the inclusion of any such provision as is mentioned in section 99A(1), it shall not be necessary for an ordinary resolution approving the provision to be put before a meeting of the society.

Statements to membersU.K.

9(1)The following provisions of this paragraph shall apply in place of Part I of Schedule 17.

(2)The society shall send to every member entitled to notice of a meeting of the society, a statement containing—

(a)the particulars required, in relation to prescribed matters, by regulations under section 42B(8); and

(b)particulars of any other matters required by the Commission in the case of the particular transfer of business,

with or without other particulars regarding that transfer.

(3)The statement shall be sent—

(a)where the Commission has given the society a direction under section 42B(1)(b), within the period (not being less than 28 days) specified in the notice of confirmation under section 42C(2)(b);

(b)where the Commission has not given the society such a direction, within 14 days of the board of directors passing a resolution in pursuance of the direction.

(4)No statement shall be sent unless its contents, so far as they concern the prescribed matters or any matter of which particulars are required to be given under sub-paragraph (2)(b) above, have been approved by the Commission.

(5)A failure to comply with a requirement of this paragraph shall not invalidate the transfer of business; but, if the society fails without reasonable excuse to comply with such a requirement the society shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale and so shall any officer who is also guilty of the offence.

Application for confirmationU.K.

10No application for confirmation by the Commission of the transfer of business may be made under Part II of Schedule 17 until after the society has complied with the requirements of paragraph 9 above.

Grounds for not confirming transferU.K.

11Section 98 shall apply as if—

(a)for paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (3) there were substituted the following paragraph—

(a)the members or a proportion of them would be unreasonably prejudiced by the transfer;”

;

(b)in subsection (5), for the words “paragraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d)” there were substituted the words “paragraphs (a), (c) and (d)”; and

(c)in subsection (6), the words “the calling of a further meeting,” were omitted.

Section 30(3).

SCHEDULE 5U.K. Information about transfers or proposed transfers of business

Part IU.K. [Part I of Schedule 17 to 1986 Act]

Issue of statement or summary to membersU.K.
PreliminaryU.K.

1In this Part of this Schedule—

  • prescribed matters” in relation to any transfer of the business of a building society to its successor, means the matters relating to the transfer, the society, its officers, members or depositors, or the successor, which are prescribed in regulations made under paragraph 5(1) below;

  • transfer statement”, in relation to a transfer of business by a building society, means the statement with respect to the transfer which may be sent or handed to members of the society under paragraph 2 below;

  • transfer summary”, in relation to a transfer of business by a building society, means the summary of the transfer statement which may be sent to members of the society under that paragraph.

Duty to send transfer statements or summaries to membersU.K.

2A building society which desires to transfer its business shall, in accordance with this Part of this Schedule, send a transfer statement, or a transfer summary, to every member entitled to notice of a meeting of the society.

3(1)A transfer statement, in relation to a transfer of business by a building society, shall contain—

(a)the particulars required, in relation to the prescribed matters, by the regulations made under paragraph 5(1) below, and

(b)particulars of any other matters required by the Commission in the case of the particular transfer,

with or without other particulars regarding the transfer.

(2)A transfer summary, in relation to a transfer of business by a building society, shall contain—

(a)the information required by the regulations made under paragraph 5(2) below, and

(b)any other information required by the Commission in the case of the particular transfer,

with or without other particulars regarding the transfer.

4(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, a building society shall, in relation to a transfer of business, include a transfer statement, or a transfer summary, in or with the notice to be sent to its members of the meeting of the society at which the requisite transfer resolutions are to be moved.

(2)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, where a building society sends a transfer summary, a transfer statement—

(a)shall be handed forthwith and free of charge to any member to whom the summary was sent who asks for such a statement at an office or branch of the society; and

(b)shall be sent forthwith and free of charge to any such member who asks for such a statement otherwise than at such an office or branch.

(3)No transfer statement shall be sent or handed to a member unless its contents, so far as they concern the prescribed matters or any matter of which particulars are required to be given under paragraph 3(1)(b) above, have been approved by the Commission.

5(1)The Commission, with the consent of the Treasury, may make regulations for the purpose of specifying, as prescribed matters, the matters of which transfer statements are to give particulars; and the regulations may also require particulars to be given of any alternatives to the particular transfer which were available to the society making the transfer.

(2)The Commission, with the consent of the Treasury, may make regulations for the purpose of specifying the information which transfer summaries are to give.

(3)Any power to make regulations under this paragraph is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

Part IIU.K. [Part IA of Schedule 17 to 1986 Act]

Notification of proposals for transfers of businessU.K.
PreliminaryU.K.

5AIn this Part of this Schedule—

  • requisite particulars”, in relation to a transfer proposal, means the particulars required by paragraph 5B(2) below to be given in a transfer proposal notification;

  • transfer”, in relation to a building society, means a transfer of the whole of its business to a company under section 97;

  • transfer proposal”, in relation to a building society, means a proposal in writing by a company for a transfer by the society to the company, with or without terms for the transfer; and “proposer” has a corresponding meaning;

  • transfer proposal notification” means a notification containing the requisite particulars of a transfer proposal;

  • transfer resolutions”, in relation to a building society, means the resolutions required for the approval of a transfer by the society under section 97.

Duty to notify membersU.K.

5B(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, it shall be the duty of a building society receiving a transfer proposal to send, in accordance with this Part of this Schedule, a transfer proposal notification in respect of the proposal to every member entitled to notice of a meeting of the society.

(2)A transfer proposal notification must contain the following particulars—

(a)the fact that a transfer proposal has been made, and

(b)the identity of the proposer;

with or without other particulars regarding the proposal.

(3)Sub-paragraph (1) above does not require a transfer proposal notification to be sent to members if the proposer has requested in writing that the requisite particulars are to be treated as confidential; and, where such a request is made and is at a later date withdrawn in writing, the society receiving the proposal shall, for the purposes of this Part of this Schedule, treat the proposal as having been received on that date instead of any earlier date.

5CA building society shall include in or with every notice of its annual general meeting a transfer proposal notification with respect to any transfer proposal, other than a proposal of which notice has already been given under this paragraph—

(a)received by it during the period of 12 months ending with the ninth month of the last financial year of the society before that meeting; or

(b)treated by paragraph 5B(3) above as having been received by it during the last three months of that financial year;

and the society may also include, under this paragraph, a transfer proposal notification with respect to any proposal received, or treated as received, by it after the end of either period.

Duty to notify central officeU.K.

5D(1)Where a building society sends a transfer proposal notification to its members under paragraph 5C above in connection with a meeting of the society, it shall send a copy of the notification to the central office at least 14 days before the date of the meeting.

(2)The central office shall keep the copy of a transfer proposal notification received by it from a building society in the public file of that society.

PenaltyU.K.

5EIf default is made by a building society in complying with paragraph 5C or 5D above, the society shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale; and so shall any officer who is also guilty of the offence.

Section 39(2).

SCHEDULE 6U.K. [Schedule 15a to 1986 Act]

Application of other companies insolvency legislation to building societies

Part IU.K. General mode of application

1(1)Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, the enactments specified in sub-paragraph (2) below (referred to in this Schedule as “the enactments”) apply in relation to building societies as they apply in relation to companies limited by shares and registered under the M32Companies Act 1985 or (as the case may be) the M33Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

(2)The enactments referred to in sub-paragraph (1) above are—

(a)Parts I and II, Chapter I of Part III, Parts VI, VII, XII and XIII, section 434 and Part XVIII of the M34Insolvency Act 1986, or

(b)Parts I to IV, VII, XI and XII and Article 378 of the M35Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989,

and, in so far as they relate to offences under any such enactment, sections 430 and 432 of, and Schedule 10 to, the M36Insolvency Act 1986 or Article 2(6) and 373 of, and Schedule 7 to, the M37Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989.

2(1)The enactments shall, in their application to building societies, have effect with the substitution—

(a)for “company” of “building society”;

(b)for “the registrar of companies” or “the registrar” of “the central office”;

(c)for “the articles” of “the rules”; and

(d)for “registered office” of “principal office”.

(2)In the application of the enactments to building societies—

(a)every reference to the officers, or to a particular officer, of a company shall have effect as a reference to the officers, or to the corresponding officer, of the building society and as including a person holding himself out as such an officer; and

(b)every reference to an administrative receiver shall be omitted.

3(1)Where any of the enactments as applied to building societies requires a notice or other document to be sent to the central office, it shall have effect as if it required the central office to keep the notice or document in the public file of the society concerned and to record in that file the date on which the notice or document is placed in it.

(2)Where any of the enactments, as so applied, refers to the registration, or to the date of registration, of such a notice or document, that enactment shall have effect as if it referred to the placing of the notice or document in the public file or (as the case may be) to the date on which it was placed there.

4(1)Rules may be made under section 411 of the M38Insolvency Act 1986 or, as the case may be, Article 359 of the M39Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 for the purpose of giving effect, in relation to building societies, to the provisions of the enactments.

(2)An order made by the competent authority under section 414 of the Insolvency Act 1986 may make provision for fees to be payable under that section in respect of proceedings under the enactments and the performance by the official receiver or the Secretary of State of functions under them.

(3)An order made by the Department of Economic Development under Article 361 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 may make provision for fees to be payable under that Article in respect of proceedings under the enactments and the performance by the official receiver or that Department of functions under them.

5Any enactment which specifies a money sum altered by order under section 416 of the Insolvency Act 1986, or, as the case may be, Article 362 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989, (powers to alter monetary limits) applies with the effect of the alteration.

Part IIU.K. Modified Application of Parts I and II and Chapter I of Part III of Insolvency Act 1986

PreliminaryU.K.

6In this Part of this Schedule, the M40Insolvency Act 1986 is referred to as “the Act”.

Voluntary arrangementsU.K.

7Section 1 of the Act (proposals for voluntary arrangements) has effect as if—

(a)it required any proposal under Part I of the Act to be so framed as to enable a building society to comply with the requirements of this Act; and

(b)any reference to debts included a reference to liabilities owed to the holders of shares in a building society.

8In section 2 (procedure where nominee is not liquidator or administrator) and section 3 (summoning of meetings) of the Act as applied to a building society, any reference to a meeting of the society is a reference to—

(a)a meeting of both shareholding and borrowing members of the society; and

(b)a meeting of shareholding members alone.

9In section 6 of the Act (challenge of decisions) as applied to a building society, “contributory”—

(a)means every person liable to contribute to the assets of the society in the event of its being wound up, and

(b)for the purposes of all proceedings for determining, and all proceedings prior to the determination of, the persons who are to be deemed contributories, includes any person alleged to be a contributory, and

(c)includes persons who are liable to pay or contribute to the payment of—

(i)any debt or liability of the building society being wound up, or

(ii)any sum for the adjustment of rights of members among themselves, or

(iii)the expenses of the winding up;

but does not include persons liable to contribute by virtue of a declaration by the court under section 213 (imputed responsibility for fraudulent trading) or section 214 (wrongful trading) of the Act.

Administration ordersU.K.

10(1)Section 8 of the Act (power of court to make administration order) has effect as if it included provision that, where—

(a)an application for an administration order to be made in relation to a building society is made by the Commission (with or without other parties); and

(b)the society has defaulted in an obligation to pay any sum due and payable in respect of any deposit or share,

the society shall be deemed for the purposes of subsection (1) to be unable to pay its debts.

(2)In subsection (3) of that section, paragraph (c) and, in subsection (4) of that section, the words from “nor where” to the end are omitted.

11(1)Subsection (1) of section 9 of the Act (application for administration order) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)it enabled an application to the court for an administration order to be by petition presented, with or without other parties, by the Commission or by a shareholding member entitled under section 89(3) of this Act to petition for the winding up of the society; and

(b)the words from “or by the clerk” to “on companies)” were omitted.

(2)In subsection (2)(a) of that section as so applied, the reference to any person who has appointed, or is or may be entitled to appoint, an administrative receiver of the society is a reference to the Commission (unless it is a petitioner).

(3)Subsection (3) of that section, and in subsection (4) of that section, the words “Subject to subsection (3),” are omitted.

12In section 10 of the Act (effect of application for administration order), the following are omitted, namely—

(a)in subsection (2), paragraphs (b) and (c); and

(b)subsection (3).

13In section 11 of the Act (effect of administration order), the following are omitted, namely—

(a)in subsection (1), paragraph (b) and the word “and” immediately preceding that paragraph;

(b)in subsection (3), paragraph (b);

(c)in subsection (4), the words “an administrative receiver of the company has vacated office under subsection (1)(b), or”; and

(d)subsection (5).

14In subsection (1) of section 12 of the Act (notification of administration order), the reference to every invoice, order for goods or business letter is a reference to every statement of account, order for goods or services, business letter or advertisement.

15Subsection (3) of section 13 of the Act (appointment of administrator) has effect as if it enabled an application for an order under subsection (2) of that section to be made by the Commission.

16(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, section 14 of the Act (general powers of administrator) has effect as if it required the administrator of a building society, in exercising his powers under that section—

(a)to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act; and

(b)not to appoint to be a director any person who is not a fit and proper person to hold that position.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1)(a) above does not apply in relation to section 5, 6 or 7 of this Act or paragraph (a) of the seventh criterion in section 45(3) of this Act.

(3)In subsection (4) of that section as applied to a building society, the reference to any power conferred by the Act or the M41Companies Act 1985 or by the memorandum or articles of association is a reference to any power conferred by this Act or by the society’s memorandum or rules.

(4)Subsection (8) of section 45 of this Act applies for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b) above as it applies for the purposes of the seventh criterion in subsection (3) of that section.

17(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, paragraph 16 of Schedule 1 to the Act (powers of administrators) as applied to a building society has effect as if it conferred power to transfer liabilities in respect of deposits with or shares in the society.

(2)No transfer under that paragraph shall be a transfer of engagements for the purposes of Part X of this Act.

(3)No transfer under that paragraph which, apart from sub-paragraph (2) above, would be a transfer of engagements for the purposes of that Part shall be made unless it is approved by the court, or by meetings summoned under section 23(1) or 25(2) of the Act (as modified by paragraph 21 or 23 below).

18In section 15 of the Act (power to deal with charged property etc.)—

(a)subsection (1) is omitted; and

(b)for subsections (3) and (4) there is substituted the following subsection—

(3)Subsection (2) applies to any security other than one which, as created, was a floating charge.”

19(1)Section 17 of the Act (general duties of administrator) has effect as if, instead of the requirement imposed by subsection (3), it required the administrator of a building society to summon a meeting of the society’s creditors if—

(a)he is requested, in accordance with the rules, to do so by 500 of the society’s creditors, or by one-tenth, in number or value, of those creditors, or

(b)he is directed to do so by the court.

(2)That section also has effect as if it required the administrator of a building society to summon a meeting of the society’s shareholding members if—

(a)he is requested, in accordance with the rules, to do so by 500 of the society’s shareholding members, or by one-tenth, in number, of those members, or

(b)he is directed to do so by the court.

20In subsection (4) of section 19 of the Act (vacation of office) as applied to a building society, the words “in priority to any security to which section 15(1) then applies” are omitted.

21(1)Subsection (1) of section 23 of the Act (statement of proposals) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)the reference to the central office included a reference to the Commission and the Investor Protection Board;

(b)the reference to all creditors included a reference to all holders of shares in the society; and

(c)the reference to a meeting of the society’s creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

(2)In subsection (2) of that section as so applied, references to members of the society do not include references to holders of shares in the society.

22Section 24 of the Act (consideration of proposals by creditors’ meeting) as applied to a building society has effect as if any reference to a meeting of creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

23(1)Section 25 of the Act (approval of substantial revisions) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)subsection (2) required the administrator to send a statement in the prescribed form of his proposed revisions to the Commission and to the Investor Protection Board; and

(b)the reference in that subsection to a meeting of creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

(2)In subsection (3) of that section as so applied, references to members of the society do not include references to holders of shares in the society.

24Subsection (1) of section 27 of the Act (protection of interests of creditors and members) has effect—

(a)as if it enabled the Commission or Investor Protection Board to apply to the court by petition for an order under that section; and

(b)in relation to an application by the Commission or that Board, as if the words “(including at least himself)” were omitted.

Receivers and managersU.K.

25In section 38 of the Act (receivership accounts), “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by statutory instrument by the Commission.

26In subsection (1) of section 39 of the Act (notification that receiver or manager appointed), the reference to every invoice, order for goods or business letter is a reference to every statement of account, order for goods or services, business letter or advertisement.

27Section 40 (payment of debts out of assets subject to floating charge) and sections 42 to 49 (administrative receivers) of the Act are omitted.

Part IIIU.K. Modified Application of Parts II, III and IV of Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

PreliminaryU.K.

28In this Part of this Schedule, the M42Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 is referred to as “the Order”.

Voluntary arrangementsU.K.

29Article 14 of the Order (proposals for voluntary arrangements) has effect as if—

(a)it required any proposal under Part II of the Order to be so framed as to enable a building society to comply with the requirements of this Act; and

(b)any reference to debts included a reference to liabilities owed to the holders of shares in a building society.

30In Article 15 (procedure where nominee is not liquidator or administrator) and Article 16 (summoning of meetings) of the Order as applied to a building society, any reference to meetings of the society is a reference to—

(a)a meeting of both shareholding and borrowing members of the society; and

(b)a meeting of shareholding members alone.

31In Article 19 of the Order (challenge of decisions) as applied to a building society, “contributory”—

(a)means every person liable to contribute to the assets of the society in the event of its being wound up, and

(b)for the purposes of all proceedings for determining, and all proceedings prior to the determination of, the persons who are to be deemed contributories, includes any person alleged to be a contributory, and

(c)includes persons who are liable to pay or contribute to the payment of—

(i)any debt or liability of the building society being wound up, or

(ii)any sum for the adjustment of rights of members among themselves, or

(iii)the expenses of the winding up;

but does not include persons liable to contribute by virtue of a declaration by the High Court under Article 177 (imputed responsibility for fraudulent trading) or Article 178 (wrongful trading) of the Order.

Administration ordersU.K.

32(1)Article 21 of the Order (power of High Court to make administration order) has effect as if it included provision that, where—

(a)an application for an administration order to be made in relation to a building society is made by the Commission (with or without other parties); and

(b)the society has defaulted in an obligation to pay any sum due and payable in respect of any deposit or share,

the society shall be deemed for the purposes of paragraph (1) to be unable to pay its debts.

(2)In paragraph (3) of that Article, sub-paragraph (c) and, in paragraph (4) of that Article, the words from “nor where” to the end are omitted.

33(1)Paragraph (1) of Article 22 of the Order (application for administration order) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)it enabled an application to the High Court for an administration order to be by petition presented, with or without other parties, by the Commission or by a shareholding member entitled under section 89(3) of this Act to petition for the winding up of the society; and

(b)the words from “or by the chief clerk” to “on companies)”, in the second place where they occur, were omitted.

(2)In paragraph (2)(a) of that Article as so applied, the reference to any person who has appointed, or is or may be entitled to appoint, an administrative receiver of the society is a reference to the Commission (unless it is a petitioner).

(3)Paragraph (3) of that Article, and in paragraph (4) of that Article, the words “Subject to paragraph (3),” are omitted.

34In Article 23 of the Order (effect of application for administration order), the following are omitted, namely—

(a)in paragraph (2), sub-paragraphs (b) and (c); and

(b)paragraph (3).

35In Article 24 of the Order (effect of administration order), the following are omitted, namely—

(a)in paragraph (1), sub-paragraph (b) and the word “and” immediately preceding that sub-paragraph;

(b)in paragraph (3), sub-paragraph (b);

(c)in paragraph (4), the words “an administrative receiver of the company has vacated office under paragraph (1)(b), or”; and

(d)paragraph (5).

36In paragraph (1) of Article 25 of the Order (notification of administration order), the reference to every invoice, order for goods or business letter is a reference to every statement of account, order for goods or services, business letter or advertisement.

37Paragraph (3) of Article 26 of the Order (appointment of administrator) has effect as if it enabled an application for an order under paragraph (2) of that Article to be made by the Commission.

38(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, Article 27 of the Order (general powers of administrator) has effect as if it required the administrator of a building society, in exercising his powers under that Article—

(a)to ensure compliance with the provisions of this Act; and

(b)not to appoint to be a director any person who is not a fit and proper person to hold that position.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1)(a) above does not apply in relation to section 5, 6 or 7 of this Act or paragraph (a) of the seventh criterion in section 45(3) of this Act.

(3)In paragraph (4) of that Article as applied to a building society, the reference to any power conferred by the Order or the M43Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 or by the memorandum or articles of association is a reference to any power conferred by this Act or by the society’s memorandum or rules.

(4)Subsection (8) of section 45 of this Act applies for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b) above as it applies for the purposes of the seventh criterion in subsection (3) of that section.

39(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, paragraph 17 of Schedule 1 to the Order (powers of administrators) as applied to a building society has effect as if it conferred power to transfer liabilities in respect of deposits with or shares in the society.

(2)No transfer under that paragraph shall be a transfer of engagements for the purposes of Part X of this Act.

(3)No transfer under that paragraph which, apart from sub-paragraph (2) above, would be a transfer of engagements for the purposes of that Part shall be made unless it is approved by the High Court, or by meetings summoned under Article 35(1) or 37(2) of the Order (as modified by paragraph 43 or 45 below).

40In Article 28 of the Order (power to deal with charged property etc.)—

(a)paragraph (1) is omitted; and

(b)for paragraphs (3) and (4) there is substituted the following paragraph—

(3)Paragraph (2) applies to any security other than one which, as created, was a floating charge.”

41(1)Article 29 of the Order (general duties of administrator) has effect as if, instead of the requirement imposed by paragraph (3), it required the administrator of a building society to summon a meeting of the society’s creditors if—

(a)he is requested, in accordance with the rules, to do so by 500 of the society’s creditors, or by one-tenth, in number or value, of those creditors, or

(b)he is directed to do so by the High Court.

(2)That Article also has effect as if it required the administrator of a building society to summon a meeting of the society’s shareholding members if—

(a)he is requested, in accordance with the rules, to do so by 500 of the society’s shareholding members, or by one-tenth, in number, of those members, or

(b)he is directed to do so by the High Court.

42In paragraph (4) of Article 31 of the Order (vacation of office) as applied to a building society, the words “in priority to any security to which Article 28(1) then applies” are omitted.

43(1)Paragraph (1) of Article 35 of the Order (statement of proposals) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)the reference to the central office included a reference to the Commission and the Investor Protection Board;

(b)the reference to all creditors included a reference to all holders of shares in the society; and

(c)the reference to a meeting of the society’s creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

(2)In paragraph (2) of that Article as so applied, references to members of the society do not include references to holders of shares in the society.

44Article 36 of the Order (consideration of proposals by creditors’ meeting) as applied to a building society has effect as if any reference to a meeting of creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

45(1)Article 37 of the Order (approval of substantial revisions) as applied to a building society has effect as if—

(a)paragraph (2) required the administrator to send a statement in the prescribed form of his proposed revisions to the Commission and to the Investor Protection Board; and

(b)the reference in that paragraph to a meeting of creditors included a reference to a meeting of holders of shares in the society.

(2)In paragraph (3) of that Article as so applied, references to members of the society do not include references to holders of shares in the society.

46Paragraph (1) of Article 39 of the Order (protection of interests of creditors and members) has effect—

(a)as if it enabled the Commission or Investor Protection Board to apply to the High Court by petition for an order under that section; and

(b)in relation to an application by the Commission or that Board, as if the words “(including at least himself)” were omitted.

Receivers and managersU.K.

47In Article 48 of the Order (receivership accounts), “prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by statutory instrument by the Commission.

48In paragraph (1) of Article 49 of the Order (notification that receiver or manager appointed), the reference to every invoice, order for goods or business letter is a reference to every statement of account, order for goods or services, business letter or advertisement.

49Article 50 (payment of debts out of assets subject to floating charge) and Articles 52 to 59 (administrative receivers) of the Order are omitted.

Section 43.

SCHEDULE 7U.K. Other amendments of 1986 Act

The Building Societies CommissionU.K.

F151U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F15Sch. 7 para. 1 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Annual and other reportsU.K.

2U.K.In section 4 of the 1986 Act (annual and other reports), subsection (2) shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I24Sch. 7 para. 2 wholly in force at 1.12.1997; Sch. 7 para. 2 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 2 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Pt. III

Authorisation to raise funds and borrow moneyU.K.

F163U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F16Sch. 7 para. 3 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

The Building Societies Investor Protection BoardU.K.

F174U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F17Sch. 7 para. 4 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

The Investor Protection FundU.K.

F185U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F18Sch. 7 para. 5 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Meaning of “insolvency” etc.U.K.

F196U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F19Sch. 7 para. 6 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Payments to investorsU.K.

F207U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F20Sch. 7 para. 7 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Membership of insolvency committees etcU.K.

F218U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F21Sch. 7 para. 8 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Liability of insolvent society in respect of payments made by BoardU.K.

F229U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F22Sch. 7 para. 9 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Power to obtain informationU.K.

F2310U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F23Sch. 7 para. 10 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Voluntary schemesU.K.

F2411U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F24Sch. 7 para. 11 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Power to direct application to renew authorisationU.K.

F2512U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F25Sch. 7 para. 12 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Imposition of conditions on current authorisationU.K.

F2613U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F26Sch. 7 para. 13 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Revocation of authorisationU.K.

F2714U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F27Sch. 7 para. 14 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

ReauthorisationU.K.

F2815U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F28Sch. 7 para. 15 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Powers to avoid apparent association with other bodiesU.K.

16U.K.Section 51 of the 1986 Act (powers to avoid apparent association with other bodies) shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I25Sch. 7 para. 16 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Powers to obtain information and documents etc.U.K.

17(1)In subsection (1)(a) of section 52 of the 1986 Act (powers to obtain information and documents etc.), after the words “section 9,” there shall be inserted the words “ Part IV, ”.U.K.

(2)In subsection (2) of that section—

(a)for the words “subsidiaries or other associated bodies” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”; and

(b)for the words “subsidiary or associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking ”.

(3)Subsection (3) of that section shall cease to have effect.

(4)In subsection (4) of that section—

(a)for the words “subsidiary of or other body associated with” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking of ”;

(b)for the words “that body” there shall be substituted the words “ that undertaking ”; and

(c)for the words “subsidiary or associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking ”.

(5)In subsection (5) of that section—

(a)for the words “subsidiary or associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ or connected undertaking ”;

(b)for the words “the body”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ the society or undertaking ”; and

(c)in paragraph (d), for the words “accountant approved by the Commission” there shall be substituted the words “ approved accountant or other person with relevant professional skill ”.

(6)For subsection (6) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(5A)Subject to subsection (4) above, the Commission may authorise a member, servant or agent of the Commission, on producing evidence of his authority, to require a building society or connected undertaking—

(a)to furnish to him forthwith such specified information as the Commission considers it needs for the purposes of its supervisory functions;

(b)to produce to him forthwith such documents or other material as the Commission considers it needs for those purposes;

(c)to provide to him forthwith such explanations of specified matters as the Commission considers it needs for those purposes.

(6)Where by virtue of subsection (5)(a) to (c) above the Commission has power, or by virtue of subsection (5A) above an authorised person has power, to require the furnishing of any information, the production of any document or material or the provision of any explanation, by a building society or connected undertaking, the Commission or authorised person shall have the like power as regards any person who—

(a)is or has been an officer or employee or agent of the society or undertaking; or

(b)in the case of documents or material, appears to the Commission or authorised person to have the document or material in his possession or under his control.

(7)For subsection (9) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(9)Where, by virtue of subsection (5), (5A) or (6) above, the Commission or an authorised person requires the production by a building society or connected undertaking or any other person of documents or material, the Commission or authorised person may—

(a)if the documents or material are produced, take copies of or extracts from them and require the person who produced them, or any other person who is a present or past director or officer of, or is or was at any time employed by, the building society or connected undertaking concerned, to provide an explanation of the documents or material; and

(b)if the documents or material are not produced, require the person who was required to produce the documents or material to state, to the best of his knowledge and belief, where the documents or material are.

(8)For subsection (13) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(13)In this section—

  • agent”, in relation to a building society or connected undertaking, includes its bankers, accountants, solicitors and auditors;

  • approved”, in relation to an accountant or other person with relevant professional skill, means approved by the Commission;

  • specified” means specified in a notice or requirement under this section.

Commencement Information

I26Sch. 7 para. 17 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 17 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 17(1)(5)(c)(6)(7)(8) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 17 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Right of entry to obtain information and documentsU.K.

F2918U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F29Sch. 7 para. 18 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Confidentiality of information obtained by CommissionU.K.

F3019U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F30Sch. 7 para. 19 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Information disclosed to Commission from other sourcesU.K.

F3120U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F31Sch. 7 para. 20 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Investigations on behalf of CommissionU.K.

21U.K.In subsection (2) of section 55 of the 1986 Act (investigations on behalf of Commission), for paragraphs (a) and (b) there shall be substituted the words “ a connected undertaking of the building society under investigation ”.

Commencement Information

I27Sch. 7 para. 21 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Inspections and special meetings: generalU.K.

22(1)In subsection (1) of section 56 of the 1986 Act (inspections and special meetings: general), for the words “subsidiary of or body associated with” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking of ”.U.K.

(2)In subsections (3) and (4) of that section—

(a)for the words “subsidiary of or body associated with” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking of ”; and

(b)for the words “subsidiary or associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking ”.

(3)In subsections (6) and (8) of that section, for the words “subsidiary or associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking ”.

Commencement Information

I28Sch. 7 para. 22 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Inspections: supplementary provisionsU.K.

23U.K.In subsection (1) of section 57 of the 1986 Act (inspections: supplementary provisions), for the words “subsidiary of or body associated with”, in both places where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking of ”.

Commencement Information

I29Sch. 7 para. 23 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Restrictions on loans etc. to directorsU.K.

24(1)In subsection (1) of section 65 of the 1986 Act (restrictions on loans etc. to directors)—U.K.

(a)in paragraph (a), for the words “an advance or other loan” there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”; and

(b)in paragraph (c), for the words “any services for the time being specified in Part I of Schedule 8 to this Act” there shall be substituted the words “ any service of a kind which is provided by building societies for individuals in the ordinary course of business ”.

(2)In subsection (10) of that section—

(a)the word “and” immediately following the definition of “provision of funds” shall cease to have effect; and

(b)after the definition of “relevant” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • subsidiary” has the meaning given by section 736 of the M44Companies Act 1985.

Commencement Information

I30Sch. 7 para. 24 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

Directors etc. not to accept commissions in connection with loansU.K.

25(1)In subsection (1) of section 67 of the 1986 Act (directors etc. not to accept commissions in connection with loans), for the word “advances” there shall be substituted the word “ loans ”.U.K.

(2)In subsection (5) of that section, for the words “an additional advance”, “an advance” and “the advance” there shall be substituted the words “ an additional loan ”, “ a loan ” and “ the loan ” respectively.

(3)In subsection (7) of that section, for the words “an advance” there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”.

Commencement Information

I31Sch. 7 para. 25 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Records of loans etc. for directorsU.K.

26U.K.In subsection (6) of section 68 of the 1986 Act (records of loans etc. for directors), for the words “the prescribed fee” there shall be substituted the words “ such fee (not exceeding £5) as the society may from time to time determine ”.

Records of income of related businessesU.K.

27(1)In subsection (2) of section 69 of the 1986 Act (records of income of related businesses)—U.K.

(a)in paragraph (b), for the word “advances” there shall be substituted the word “ loans ”; and

(b)for paragraph (c) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(c)is not a connected undertaking of the society;.

(2)In subsections (7)(b) and (8) of that section, after the words “its directors” there shall be inserted the words “ and other officers ”.

(3)In subsection (15) of that section, for the words “the prescribed fee” there shall be substituted the words “ such fee (not exceeding £5) as the society may from time to time determine ”.

Commencement Information

I32Sch. 7 para. 27 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 27 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 27(2)(3) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 27(1) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Interpretation of Part VIIU.K.

28U.K.In subsection (3)(a) of section 70 of the 1986 Act (interpretation of Part VII), after the words “of his” there shall be inserted the words “ but does not include any person who has attained the age of 18 ”.

Accounting records and systems of business control etc.U.K.

29(1)In subsection (3)(c) of section 71 of the 1986 Act (accounting records and systems of business control etc.), for the words “any provision of Part II or Part III” there shall be substituted the words “ section 6 or 7 ”.U.K.

F32(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)In subsection (10) of that section, for the following, namely—

(a)the words “subsidiary undertakings or other associated bodies linked by resolution”;

(b)the words “subsidiary undertakings or other associated bodies”; and

(c)the words “subsidiary undertakings and other associated bodies”,

there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”.

(4)Subsection (10A) of that section shall cease to have effect.

Textual Amendments

F32Sch. 7 para. 29(2) shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Commencement Information

I33Sch. 7 para. 29 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 29 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 29(2) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 29(1)(3)(4) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Contents and form of annual accountsU.K.

30U.K.In subsection (8)(c) of section 73 of the 1986 Act (contents and form of annual accounts), for the words “bodies associated with them” there shall be substituted the words “ their associated undertakings ”.

Commencement Information

I34Sch. 7 para. 30 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Duty of directors to prepare annual business statementU.K.

31U.K.In subsection (2) of section 74 of the 1986 Act (duty of directors to prepare annual business statement), for the words “subsidiary undertakings or associated bodies”, in both places where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”.

Commencement Information

I35Sch. 7 para. 31 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Directors’ reportU.K.

32(1)In subsection (1) of section 75 (directors’ report)—U.K.

(a)in paragraph (b), for the words “subsidiary undertakings or other bodies associated with it” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”; and

(b)for paragraph (c) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(c)a statement as to the matters mentioned in subsection (1A) below.

(2)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(1A)The said matters are—

(a)whether the society has acquired or established, or allowed a subsidiary undertaking to acquire or establish, a business to which subsection (3) and subsection (4) or, as the case may be, subsection (5) of section 92A applied;

(b)if the society has acquired or established, or allowed such an undertaking to acquire or establish, such a business, what the business is and whether the society complied with the requirements of subsection (1) of that section; and

(c)if the society did not comply with those requirements, why the society nevertheless proceeded, or allowed the undertaking to proceed, with the acquisition or establishment.

(3)In subsection (2) of that section—

(a)for the words “subsidiary undertakings or other associated bodies” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”; and

(b)for the words “subsidiary undertakings and associated bodies” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”.

(4)In subsection (4) of that section, for the words from “the prescribed information” to “regulations” there shall be substituted the words “ the review, information and statement required by subsection (1) above and, where applicable, the review required by subsection (2) above ”.

Commencement Information

I36Sch. 7 para. 32 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.).

Summary financial statement for members and depositorsU.K.

33(1)In subsection (2) of section 76 of the 1986 Act (summary financial statement for members and depositors)—U.K.

(a)for the words “subsidiary undertakings or other associated bodies” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”; and

(b)for the words “subsidiary undertakings and other associated bodies” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertakings ”.

(2)In subsection (9)(a) of that section, for paragraph (a) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(a)any individual who for the first time subscribes for shares in the society, on his first subscribing for the shares, and.

Commencement Information

I37Sch. 7 para. 33 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 33 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 33(2) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 33(1) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Auditor’s report and powersU.K.

34(1)In subsection (4) of section 79 of the 1986 Act (auditor’s report and powers), for the words “subsidiary undertaking”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking ”.U.K.

(2)Subsection (5) of that section shall cease to have effect.

(3)In subsection (9) of that section, for the words “subsidiary undertaking of or is associated with” there shall be substituted the words “ connected undertaking of ”.

Commencement Information

I38Sch. 7 para. 34 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Auditor’s duties to Commission and related rightsU.K.

F3335U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F33Sch. 7 para. 35 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Investigation of complaints: supplementary provisionsU.K.

F3436U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F34Sch. 7 para. 36 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Settlement of disputesU.K.

37U.K.In subsection (1) of section 85 of the 1986 Act (settlement of disputes), for the words “a depositor with the society” there shall be substituted the words “ one or more members of the society or a complainant ”.

Dissolution by consentU.K.

38U.K.In subsection (8) of section 87 of the 1986 Act (dissolution by consent), for the words “or to a company” there shall be substituted the words “ or the transfer of its business to a company ”.

Winding up: grounds and petitionersU.K.

39U.K.In subsection (4) of section 89 of the 1986 Act (winding up: grounds and petitioners), for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(b)the reference to its existing for an illegal purpose includes a reference to its existing after it has ceased to comply with the requirement imposed by section 5(1)(a) (purpose or principal purpose).

Commencement Information

I39Sch. 7 para. 39 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Winding up or dissolution: supplementaryU.K.

40U.K.For section 92 of the 1986 Act there shall be substituted the following section—

92 Supplementary.

Where at any time a building society is being wound up or dissolved by consent, a borrowing member shall not be liable to pay any amount other than one which, at that time, is payable under the mortgage or other security by which his indebtedness to the society in respect of the loan is secured.

Commencement Information

I40Sch. 7 para. 40 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

AmalgamationsU.K.

41U.K.In subsection (2) of section 93 of the 1986 Act (amalgamations)—

(a)for paragraph (a) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(a)agree the purpose or principal purpose of their successor to be that of making loans which are secured on residential property and are funded substantially by its members, and agree upon the extent of its powers, in a memorandum which complies with the requirements of Schedule 2 to this Act;; and

(b)for paragraph (c) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(c)each approve the terms of the amalgamation by two resolutions which also approve the memorandum and the rules of their successor and of which—

(i)one is passed as a shareholding members’ resolution, and

(ii)the other is passed as a borrowing members’ resolution,

in accordance with the applicable provisions of that Schedule;.

Commencement Information

I41Sch. 7 para. 41 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 41 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 41 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Transfer of engagementsU.K.

42U.K.In subsections (2), (4) and (5) of section 94 of the 1986 Act (transfer of engagements), for the words “special resolution” there shall be substituted the words “ shareholding members’ resolution ”.

Commencement Information

I42Sch. 7 para. 42 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Mergers: provisions supplementing sections 93 and 94U.K.

43(1)In subsection (3) of section 95 of the 1986 Act (mergers: provisions supplementing sections 93 and 94), for the words “subsections (4) to (9)” there shall be substituted the words “ subsections (4) to (6) ”.U.K.

(2)Subsections (7) to (9) of that section shall cease to have effect.

Mergers: compensation for loss of office etc.U.K.

44(1)In subsection (1) of section 96 (mergers: compensation for loss of office etc.)—U.K.

(a)in paragraph (a), for the words “the resolution” there shall be substituted the words “ one of the two resolutions ”; and

(b)in paragraph (b), for the words “the special resolution” there shall be substituted the words “ the two resolutions ”.

(2)In subsection (4) of that section, for the words “the special resolution”, in both places where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ each of the two resolutions ”.

(3)In subsection (6) of that section, for the words “a special resolution of the society” there shall be substituted the words “ the two resolutions required by section 94(5)(a) ”.

(4)In subsection (8) of that section, in the definition of “loss of office”, for the words “a subsidiary of that society or in an associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ any other body ”.

Transfer of business to commercial companyU.K.

45(1)In subsection (2) of section 97 of the 1986 Act (transfer of business to commercial company), after the words “section 99,” there shall be inserted the words “ section 99A, ”.U.K.

(2)In subsection (3) of that section, the words from “and for the purposes” to the end shall cease to have effect.

(3)In subsection (12) of that section, after the definition of “the requisite protective provisions” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • the requisite shareholders” resolution’ has the meaning given by paragraph 30(1) of Schedule 2;.

(4)After that subsection there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(13)References in this section, and the other applicable provisions of this Act, to a company include references to a body corporate which—

(a)is incorporated in an EEA State other than the United Kingdom; and

(b)has power under its constitution to offer its shares or debentures to the public;

and in this subsection “EEA State” means a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as adjusted by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 17th March 1993.

Commencement Information

I43Sch. 7 para. 45 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 45 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 45(1)(4) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 45(2)(3) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Regulated terms: compensation for loss of office etc.U.K.

46U.K.In subsection (6) of section 99 of the 1986 Act (regulated terms: compensation for loss of office etc.), in the definition of “loss of office”, for the words “a subsidiary of that society or in an associated body” there shall be substituted the words “ any other body ”.

Distribution and share rightsU.K.

47U.K.In subsection (4) of section 100 of the 1986 Act (distribution and share rights), for the words “requisite transfer resolution” there shall be substituted the words “ requisite shareholders’ resolution ”.

Commencement Information

I44Sch. 7 para. 47 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Power to amend etc. to assimilate to company lawU.K.

48U.K.In subsection (2) of section 104 of the 1986 Act (power to amend etc. to assimilate to company law), at the end of paragraph (d) there shall be inserted the words “ or insolvency ”.

Limited power to anticipate future statutory instrument powersU.K.

49U.K.Section 105 of the 1986 Act (limited power to anticipate future statutory instrument powers) shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I45Sch. 7 para. 49 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Power to require building society to change misleading nameU.K.

50U.K.Section 108 of the 1986 Act (power to require building society to change misleading name) shall cease to have effect.

Offences: liability of officers etc.U.K.

F3551U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F35Sch. 7 para. 51 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Qualifying asset holding for certain powersU.K.

52U.K.Section 118 of the 1986 Act (qualifying asset holding for certain powers) shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I46Sch. 7 para. 52 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

InterpretationU.K.

53(1)In subsection (1) of section 119 of the 1986 Act (interpretation)—U.K.

(a)the definitions of “adopt”, “adopted”, “adoptable powers”, “advance secured on land”, “advance fully secured on land”, “advance secured on third party land”, “mobile home loan”, “qualifying asset holding”, “subsidiary” and “total commercial assets” shall cease to have effect;

(b)for the definitions of “associated body”, “associated” and “linked by resolution” there shall be substituted the following definition—

  • associated undertaking” shall be construed in accordance with paragraph 20 of Schedule 4A to the M45Companies Act 1985 read—

    (a)

    in conjunction with sections 259 and 260 of, and paragraphs 5 to 11 of Schedule 10A to, that Act; and

    (b)

    as if the reference to an undertaking included in the consolidation were a reference to an undertaking which would be so included if consolidated accounts were being prepared at the material time;;

(c)for the definitions of “borrowing members’ resolution” and “borrowing member” there shall be substituted the following definitions—

  • borrowing 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;;

(d)after the definition of “the Commission” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • connected undertaking” means a subsidiary undertaking or an associated undertaking;;

(e)for the definition of “the court” there shall be substituted the following definition—

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

(f)after the definition of “the criteria of prudent management” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • currency” includes ecus;;

(g)for the definition of “deposit” there shall be substituted the following definition—

  • deposit” 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;;

(h)after the definition of “heritable security” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • interest”, in relation to shares, includes dividends;;

(i)after the definition of “Investor Protection Board” there shall be inserted the following definitions—

  • land”, 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;;

(j)for the definition of “member” there shall be substituted the following definition—

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

(k)for the definition of “mortgage debt” there shall be substituted the following definition—

  • mortgage 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;;

(l)after the definition of “officially notified” there shall be inserted the following definition—

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

(m)after the definition of “the repealed enactments” there shall be inserted the following definition—

  • residential property” has the meaning given by section 5(10);;

(n)for the definition of “share” there shall be substituted the following definition—

  • share”, in relation to a building society, shall be construed in accordance with section 8;; and

(o)after the definition of “shareholder and depositor” there shall be inserted the following definitions—

  • shareholding 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;.

(2)In subsection (2) of that section, for the word “advances” there shall be substituted the word “ loans ”.

(3)In subsection (3) of that section—

(a)in paragraph (a), the words “by him” and “to him” shall cease to have effect; and

(b)in paragraph (b), for the words “an advance” there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”.

(4)After subsection (3) of that section there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(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.

(5)For subsection (4) of that section there shall be substituted the following subsection—

(4)Subject to sections 9A(7) and 83A(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 Commission under this subsection.

Commencement Information

I47Sch. 7 para. 53 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 53 not in force at Royal Assent see. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 53(1)(b)(d)(3)(a) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 53 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

Northern IrelandU.K.

54U.K.In subsection (1) of section 122 of the 1986 Act (Northern Ireland), the words “section 15,” shall cease to have effect.

Commencement Information

I48Sch. 7 para. 54 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

The CommissionU.K.

F3655U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F36Sch. 7 para. 55 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Establishment, incorporation and constitutionU.K.

56(1)Part I of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (establishment, incorporation and constitution) shall be amended as follows.U.K.

(2)For sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 1 (requirements for establishment) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(4)In this Act “memorandum”, in relation to a building society, means the memorandum of the purpose and the extent of the powers of the society including the record of any alteration under paragraph 4 below.

(3)For sub-paragraphs (1) to (3) of paragraph 2 (the memorandum) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(1)The memorandum of a building society shall state the purpose or principal purpose of the society to be that of making loans which are secured on residential property and are funded substantially by its members.

(2)The memorandum of a building society shall specify—

(a)the name of the society and the address of its principal office;

(b)any purposes of the society other than that mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) above; and

(c)the powers of the society.

(4)Sub-paragraph (5) of that paragraph shall cease to have effect.

(5)In sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 3 (the rules)—

(a)in item 2 of the Table, for the words “stock or funds of the society is or are” there shall be substituted the words “ funds of the society are ”; and

(b)in item 5 of the Table, for the word “advances” there shall be substituted the word “ loans ” and for the word “advance” there shall be substituted the word “ loan ”.

(6)For sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 4 (requirements for alteration of purpose, powers and rules) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(1)A building society may by special resolution alter its purposes, alter its powers or alter its rules.

(7)In sub-paragraph (4) of that paragraph, the words “subject to paragraph 19 below” shall cease to have effect.

(8)In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 8 (joint borrowers), for the words “an advance” there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”.

(9)In sub-paragraph (1)(b) of paragraph 11 (change of principal office), for the words “then at a general meeting specially called for the purpose in accordance with the rules” there shall be substituted the words “ by an ordinary resolution ”.

(10)For sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 13 (register of members) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(1)Every building society shall maintain a register of members showing—

(a)the name and address of each member; and

(b)whether each member is a shareholding member or a borrowing member or both.

Commencement Information

I49Sch. 7 para. 56 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 56 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 56(9) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 56 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Meetings, resolutions and postal ballotsU.K.

57(1)Part III of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act (meetings, resolutions and postal ballots) shall be amended as follows.U.K.

(2)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 22 (persons entitled to notice of meetings) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2)Notice of the meeting shall, subject to those provisions, be given also to every person—

(a)who becomes a shareholding or borrowing member of the society after the date of the notice under sub-paragraph (1) above and before the specified date; or

(b)who, being such a member at the date of that notice, attains the age of 18 after that date and on or before the date of the meeting,

and who would (in either case) be eligible to vote at the meeting if he remained such a member until the date of the meeting.

(2A)In sub-paragraph (2) above “the specified date” means the date specified by the society as the final date for the receipt of instruments appointing proxies to vote at the meeting.

(3)For sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 23 (members’ entitlement to vote on resolutions) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(1)A member of a building society is entitled to vote—

(a)on an ordinary resolution or a special resolution if he was, at the end of the last financial year before the voting date, and is, on that date, a shareholding or borrowing member of the society;

(b)on a shareholding members’ resolution, if he was, at the end of that year, and is, on that date, a shareholding member of the society; and

(c)on a borrowing members’ resolution if he was, at the end of that year, and is, on that date, a borrowing member of the society,

but subject, in either case, to paragraphs 5(3), 7(4) and 8(4) above and, in the case of paragraphs (a) and (b), to sub-paragraph (3) below.

(4)For sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) of that paragraph there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(3)If the rules of the society so provide, a shareholding member is not entitled to vote on an ordinary resolution or a special resolution as such a member, or to vote on a shareholding members’ resolution—

(a)if he did not have a qualifying shareholding at the qualifying shareholding date; or

(b)if he ceased to hold shares at some time between that date and the voting date.

(4)Where a building society’s rules make such provision as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)(a) above, a shareholding member shall be taken to have had a qualifying shareholding at the qualifying shareholding date if he had such a holding—

(a)at the end of the last financial year before the voting date, except where paragraph (b) below applies; or

(b)in a case where the voting date falls during that part of a financial year which follows the conclusion of the annual general meeting commenced in that year, at the beginning of the period of 56 days immediately preceding the voting date for members voting in person at a meeting or, as the case may be, on a postal ballot.

(5)After sub-paragraph (4) of paragraph 24 (proxies) there shall be inserted the following sub-paragraph—

(4A)Every form for the appointment of a proxy sent by a building society to persons entitled to notice of a meeting of the society must contain provision enabling that person to direct the proxy how to vote at the meeting.

(6)In sub-paragraph (5) of that paragraph, after the words “building society,” there shall be inserted the words “ or in complying with sub-paragraph (4A) above in respect of a form of appointment of a proxy, ”.

(7)In paragraph 26 (special resolutions), after the words “as a special resolution” there shall be inserted the words “ , or as a shareholding members’ resolution, ”.

(8)After paragraph 27 there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

27AA resolution of a building society shall be a shareholding members’ resolution when it has been passed by not less than three-quarters of the number of the shareholding members of the society—

(a)qualified to vote on a shareholding members’ resolution; and

(b)voting in person or by proxy on a poll on the resolution at a meeting of the society of which notice specifying the intention to move the resolution as a shareholding members’ resolution has been duly given.

(9)For sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 29 (borrowing members’ resolutions) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(1)A resolution of a building society shall be a borrowing members’ resolution when it has been passed by a majority of the borrowing members of the society voting in person or by proxy on a poll on the resolution at a meeting of the society of which notice specifying the intention to move the resolution as a borrowing members’ resolution has been duly given.

(10)In sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 30 (transfer resolutions)—

(a)for the words “special resolution”, in both places where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ shareholding members’ resolution ”; and

(b)for the words “sub-paragraph (a) or sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 27(1) above, as the case may be,” there shall be substituted the words “ paragraph 27A above ”.

(11)In sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph—

(a)for the words “special resolution”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ shareholding members’ resolution ”;

(b)for the words “paragraph 27” there shall be substituted the words “ paragraph 27A ”; and

(c)the words “has been duly given” shall cease to have effect.

(12)In sub-paragraph (5) of that paragraph, for the words “special resolution” there shall be substituted the words “ shareholding members’ resolution ”.

(13)In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 31 (members’ rights to propose and circulate resolutions)—

(a)after the words “other than” there shall be inserted the words “ a shareholding members’ resolution or ”; and

(b)for the words “100 words” there shall be substituted the words “ 500 words ”.

(14)In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 33 (postal ballots), after the words “resolution of the society”, in the first place where they occur, there shall be inserted the words “ (other than a shareholding members’ resolution or a borrowing members’ resolution) ”.

(15)For sub-paragraph (5) of that paragraph there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(5)Notice of the postal ballot shall, subject to those provisions, be given also to every person—

(a)who becomes a shareholding or borrowing member of the society after the date of the notice under sub-paragraph (4) above and before the voting day; or

(b)who, being such a member at the date of that notice, attains the age of 18 after that date and on or before the voting day,

and who would (in either case) be eligible to vote in the election or on the resolution if he remained such a member until that day.

(16)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 34 (declarations to be made in proxy and ballot forms) there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraph—

(2)A person making a declaration in pursuance of sub-paragraph (1) above shall—

(a)declare that he has attained the age of 18 years or will have attained that age on or before the voting date or, where he is voting by proxy, on or before the date of the meeting;

(b)where the vote is to be cast on a shareholding members’ resolution, declare—

(i)that on the voting date he is or, so far as he can reasonably foresee, will be a shareholder of the society; and

(ii)where the person is not entitled to vote unless he had a qualifying shareholding on the qualifying shareholding date, that he had or, so far as he can reasonably foresee, will have such a shareholding on that date;

(c)where the vote is to be cast on a borrowing members’ resolution, declare that on the voting date he is or, so far as he can reasonably foresee, will be a borrowing member of the society; and

(d)where the vote is to be cast on an ordinary or special resolution, declare either as mentioned in paragraph (b) above, or as mentioned in paragraph (c) above, or both.

Commencement Information

I50Sch. 7 para. 57 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

The Building Societies Investor Protection BoardU.K.

F3758U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F37Sch. 7 para. 58 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Directors: requisite particulars of restricted transactionsU.K.

59U.K.In paragraph 2(2)(c) of Schedule 9 to the 1986 Act (directors: requisite particulars of restricted transactions), for the words “an advance or other loan” there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”.

Commencement Information

I51Sch. 7 para. 59 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Requisite particulars of income of related businessU.K.

60(1)In paragraphs 1 to 8 of Schedule 10 to the 1986 Act (requisite particulars of income of related business), for the words “management services”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ administrative services ”.U.K.

(2)In paragraphs 1, 2, 5 and 6 of that Schedule—

(a)for the words “an advance”, in each place where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “ a loan ”; and

(b)the words “under section 6, 10, 17 or 19” shall cease to have effect.

(3)In paragraphs 4 and 8 of that Schedule, for the word “advances” there shall be substituted the word “ loans ”.

Commencement Information

I52Sch. 7 para. 60 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 60 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 60(1) in force at 9.6.1997 by S.I. 1997/1427, art. 2; Sch. 7 para. 60(2)(3) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Auditors: appointment, tenure and qualificationsU.K.

61U.K.In paragraph 5 of Schedule 11 to the 1986 Act (auditors: appointment, tenure and qualifications)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (2)(c), for the word “subsidiary” there shall be substituted the words “ subsidiary undertaking ”; and

(b)in sub-paragraph (4), for the words “sub-paragraph (1)(f)” there shall be substituted the words “ sub-paragraph (1)(b) ”.

Schemes for investigation of complaintsU.K.

F3862U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F38Sch. 7 para. 62 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Recognition etc. of schemes for investigation of complaintsU.K.

F3963U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F39Sch. 7 para. 63 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Settlement of disputesU.K.

64(1)In paragraph 1(4) of Schedule 14 to the 1986 Act (settlement of disputes), for the words “paragraph 31(4)(a)” there shall be substituted the words “ paragraph 20A(10)(a) or 31(4)(a) ”.U.K.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 4 of that Schedule—

(a)after the words “an election address” there shall be inserted the words “ or a revised election address ”; and

(b)for the words “paragraph 31(1)” there shall be substituted the words “ paragraph 20A(1)(b) or 31(1) ”.

(3)In sub-paragraph (2) of that paragraph, for the words “paragraph 31(1)” there shall be substituted the words “ paragraph 20A(1)(b) or 31(1) ”.

(4)After that paragraph there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

Calling of special meetingU.K.

4AIf the rules of the society so provide, any dispute in respect of a refusal by a building society to call a special meeting required to be called under paragraph 20A(1)(a) of Schedule 2 to this Act shall be referred to arbitration.

F40(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F40Sch. 7 para. 64(5) shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(f) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Commencement Information

I53Sch. 7 para. 64 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 64 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 64(1)-(4) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Application of companies winding up legislation to building societiesU.K.

65U.K.In paragraph 3(2) of Schedule 15 to the 1986 Act (application of companies winding up legislation to building societies), for paragraph (b) there shall be substituted the following paragraph—

(b)every reference to an administrative receiver shall be omitted.

Mergers: supplementary provisionsU.K.

66(1)In paragraph 1 of Schedule 16 to the 1986 Act (mergers: supplementary provisions)—U.K.

(a)in sub-paragraph (4)(e), for the words “class 1 or 2 advances made by the building society” there shall be substituted the words “ loans made by the building society which are secured on land ”; and

(b)sub-paragraph (5) shall cease to have effect.

(2)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 4 of that Schedule there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2)In any case where merger resolutions are to be moved at any meeting of a building society, every notice of the meeting shall have included in or with it—

(a)a merger statement with respect to any merger proposal, other than a proposal of which notice has already been given under this paragraph, received by it more than 42 days before the date of the meeting; and

(b)a transfer proposal notification with respect to any transfer proposal so received by it.

(3)In this paragraph and paragraph 5 below—

  • transfer proposal” has the same meaning as in Part IA of Schedule 17;

  • transfer proposal notification” means a transfer proposal notification (within the meaning of that Part) required to be sent to members by paragraph 5B(1) of that Schedule.

(3)In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 5 of that Schedule—

(a)after the words “merger statement” there shall be inserted the words “ or transfer proposal notification ”; and

(b)after the words “the statement” there shall be inserted the words “ or notification ”.

(4)In sub-paragraph (2) of that paragraph, after the words “merger statement” there shall be inserted the words “ or transfer proposal notification ”.

Commencement Information

I54Sch. 7 para. 66 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 66 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 66(1(a)(b)(2)(3)(4) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Transitional and saving provisionsU.K.

67U.K.In Schedule 20 to the 1986 Act (transitional and saving provisions), the following shall cease to have effect, namely—

(a)in paragraph 1, the definitions of “existing society” and “existing rules”; and

(b)paragraphs 2 to 4, 7 to 15 and 17 and 18.

Commencement Information

I55Sch. 7 para. 67 partly in force; Sch. 7 para. 67 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 47(3); Sch. 7 para. 67(a)(b) in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II, III (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Section 46(1).

SCHEDULE 8U.K. Transitional provisions and savings

Alterations of purpose, powers and rulesU.K.

F411U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F41Sch. 8 para. 1 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(g) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

F422U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F42Sch. 8 para. 2 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(g) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Default powersU.K.

F433U.K.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F43Sch. 8 para. 3 shall cease to have effect (17.8.2001 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.12.2001) by virtue of S.I. 2001/2617, arts. 2(a), 13(1), Sch. 3 Pt. II para. 213(g) and is repealed (1.12.2001) by S.I. 2001/2617, art. 13(2), Sch. 4; S.I. 2001/3538, art. 2(1)

Existing members to whom advances have been madeU.K.

4(1)Nothing in section 2 of this Act shall affect the operation of sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act in relation to any person who, immediately before the commencement of that section, is the holder of a share on which an advance has been made.U.K.

(2)Nothing in that section shall affect the operation of sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph in relation to any person who, immediately before the commencement of that section, is a member of a building society to whom an advance has been made under rules made in pursuance of paragraph 5(1) or (2) of that Schedule.

Commencement Information

I56Sch. 8 para. 4 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Existing borrowing members which are corporationsU.K.

5U.K.Nothing in section 2 of this Act shall affect the operation of Schedule 2 to the 1986 Act in relation to any body corporate which, immediately before the commencement of that section, is a borrowing member of a building society within the meaning given by paragraph 5(2) of that Schedule (as substituted by that section).

Commencement Information

I57Sch. 8 para. 5 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Existing fully secured loansU.K.

6(1)Subject to subsection (7) of section 6B of the 1986 Act—U.K.

(a)any advance which immediately before the commencement of that section was or was treated as a class 1 advance shall be treated as a loan falling within paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of that section;

(b)any advance which immediately before that commencement was or was treated as a class 2 advance shall be treated as a loan falling within that paragraph if the building society concerned determines that, on the assumption mentioned in sub-paragraph (2) below, it would have been a class 1 advance;

(c)any advance not falling within paragraph (b) above which immediately before that commencement was or was treated as a class 2 advance shall be treated as a loan falling within paragraph (b) of that subsection; and

(d)any advance which immediately before that commencement neither was nor was treated as a class 1 or a class 2 advance shall be treated as a loan falling within paragraph (c) of that subsection.

(2)The assumption is that section 11 of the 1986 Act had effect at all material times—

(a)with the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of the following paragraph—

(b)the land is for residential use;; and

(b)with the omission from subsection (3) of the words “by the borrower or a dependant of his of a prescribed description”.

Commencement Information

I58Sch. 8 para. 6 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Existing shareholdersU.K.

7U.K.Unless the contrary is shown, a building society may assume that any shares in the society which are held by an individual at the commencement of section 8 of this Act are held otherwise than as a bare trustee (or, in Scotland, a simple trustee) for a body corporate, or for persons who include a body corporate.

Commencement Information

I59Sch. 8 para. 7 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Existing depositors and shareholdersU.K.

8(1)Nothing in section 9 of this Act shall affect the operation of the 1986 Act in relation to—U.K.

(a)any deposit accepted by a building society from an individual before the commencement of that section;

(b)any deposit accepted by a building society from an individual to whom sub-paragraph (2) below applies which is to be credited to a deposit account opened before that commencement;

(c)any deposit accepted by a building society from an individual which is to be credited to a tax-exempt special savings account opened before that commencement; or

(d)any share issued by a building society to a body corporate before that commencement.

(2)This sub-paragraph applies to an individual if—

(a)a deposit of his is held in a deposit account opened before the commencement of section 9 of this Act;

(b)he has been notified by the building society that he may transfer the deposit without penalty into an account which, at the date of the notice, was an equivalent share account; and

(c)he has chosen not to do so.

(3)In this paragraph—

  • access period”, in relation to a deposit or share account, means the period of notice required for making withdrawals from the account;

  • equivalent share account”, in relation to a deposit account, means a share account—

    (a)

    whose access period is no longer than that of the deposit account; and

    (b)

    whose rate of interest is not less than that of each other share account with the society which has the same access period or, where there is no such account, that of any one share account with the society which has a longer access period;

  • tax-exempt special savings account” has the meaning given by section 326A(2) of the M46Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.

(4)In relation to anything which, after the commencement of section 9 of this Act, is done by a building society under paragraph (d) of section 8(2) of the 1986 Act, sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) above shall have effect as if any reference to that commencement were a reference to the expiry of the period mentioned in that paragraph.

Commencement Information

I60Sch. 8 para. 8 in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

Marginal Citations

Existing transfer statements referring to the abolition of priority liquidation distribution rightsU.K.

9(1)Where before the commencement of section 40 of this Act, a building society issued a transfer statement which satisfies the requirements of sub-paragraph (2) below and either—U.K.

(a)the transfer of the society’s business to the company which is to be its successor is effected after that commencement; or

(b)that transfer was effected after the relevant date and before that commencement and the company is not being wound up at that commencement,

section 100 of the 1986 Act shall be deemed to have had effect in relation to the transfer as if section 40 of this Act had come into force on that date.

(2)The requirements of this sub-paragraph are that the statement—

(a)referred to the possibility of provision being made to the like effect as section 40 of this Act; and

(b)stated that, if such provision were made, either no rights to priority liquidation distributions would be conferred on qualifying members of the society or, if such rights had been so conferred, they would be withdrawn.

(3)In this paragraph—

  • the relevant date” means 6th November 1996;

  • transfer statement” has the same meaning as in Part I of Schedule 17 to the 1986 Act.

Existing specially formed successor companiesU.K.

10(1)This paragraph applies where before the passing of this Act a company has been specially formed by a building society to be its successor.U.K.

(2)Nothing in section 101 of the 1986 Act as substituted by section 41 of this Act shall be taken—

(a)to impose any requirement which would not be imposed, or to render void any provision, allotment or registration which would not be rendered void, if that section of this Act had not been enacted; or

(b)to prevent any alterations in the provisions of the company’s articles of association which are such as to secure that the company does not contravene, or that those provisions are consistent with, subsection (1) of section 101 of that Act as so substituted.

Section 46(2).

SCHEDULE 9U.K. Repeals and revocations

Commencement Information

I61Sch. 9 partly in force; S. 9 partly in force at Royal Assent 21.3.1997 see s. 47(3); Sch. 9 partly in force at 1.12.1997 by S.I. 1997/2668, art. 2, Sch. Pts. I, II, III (subject as mentioned in art. 2(2)-(5) of that S.I.)

ReferenceShort title or titleExtent of repeal or revocation
1974 c.47.Solicitors Act 1974.Section 86.
1978 c.27.Home Purchase Assistance and Housing Corporation Guarantee Act 1978.Section 3(1)(b).
S.I. 1981/156 (N.I.3).Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1981.Article 155.
1985 c.68.Housing Act 1985.Section 450.
1986 c.53.Building Societies Act 1986.Section 4(2).
In section 9(3), paragraph (d) and the word “or” immediately preceding that paragraph.In section 28(1), the words “as in respect of a contractual debt incurred immediately before the institution began to be wound up”.
Section 33.
Sections 38 to 40.
In section 41, subsections (14) to (16).
Section 51.
Section 52(3).
In section 60(17), the definition of “ordinary resolution”.
In section 65(10), the word “and” immediately following the definition of “provision of funds”.
Section 71(10A).
Section 79(5).
In section 82, in subsection (2), paragraph (c) and the word “and” immediately preceding that paragraph and, in subsection (3), paragraph (d).
Section 84(1).
In section 95, subsections (7) to (9).
In section 97(3), the words from “and for the purposes” to the end.
In section 100, in subsection (2), paragraph (c) and the word “and” immediately before that paragraph, and subsections (5) and (6).
Section 105.
Section 108.
Section 118.
In section 119, in subsection (1), the definitions of “adopt”, “adopted”, “adoptable powers”, “advance secured on land”, “advance fully secured on land”, “advance secured on third party land”, “mobile home loan”, “qualifying asset holding”, “subsidiary” and “total commercial assets” and, in subsection (3)(a), the words “by him” and “to him”.
In section 122(1), the words “section 15,”.
In Schedule 2, paragraph 2(5), in paragraph 4(4), the words “subject to paragraph 19 below” and, in paragraph 30(3), the words “has been duly given”.
In Schedule 10, in paragraphs 1, 2, 5 and 6, the words “under section 6, 10, 17 or 19”.
In Schedule 12, Part II.
In Schedule 16, paragraph 1(5).
In Schedule 18, paragraphs 18(4) and 23(3).
In Schedule 20, in paragraph 1, the definitions of “existing society” and “existing rules”, and paragraphs 2 to 4, 7 to 15 and 17 and 18.
1987 c.22.Banking Act 1987.In Schedule 6, in paragraph 26, sub-paragraphs (1) and (8).
S.I. 1988/1153.Building Societies (Transfer of Business) Regulations 1988.Regulations 9 and 10.
In the Schedule, in Part I, paragraph 14(c) and, in Part III, paragraphs 4 and 5.
1994 c.40.Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994.Sections 16 and 17.
In Schedule 11, paragraph 7(6).
S.I. 1995/1442.Credit Institutions (Protection of Depositors) Regulations 1995.Regulation 41(5).

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