'(1) No company specially formed by a building society to be its successor shall, at any time during the protective period,—
if the effect of the offer, the allotment or the registration of the transfer would be that more shares or debentures than the permitted proportion would be held by, or by nominees for, any one person (other than the society).
(2) The articles of association of the company shall include provision such as will secure that the company does not offer the public, allot or register transfers of, shares or debentures 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 or debentures in contravention of that subsection shall be void.
(4) The Bank of England, if it considers it desirable in the interests of the depositors and potential depositors of a successor to do so, may direct by notice to the successor that this section shall cease to apply to the successor.
(5) In subsections (1) to (3) above—
"the permitted proportion", in relation to shares in or debentures of the company, is 15 per cent. of, in the case of shares, the company's issued share capital and, in the case of debentures, the total indebtedness of the company on its debentures, as the case may be:
"the protective period" is the period beginning with the date of the company's incorporation and ending five years after the vesting date; and
"transfer", in relation to shares or debentures does not include a transfer to a person to whom the right to any shares or debentures has been transmitted by operation of law;
and any expression used in those subsections and in the Companies Act 1985 or, as regards Northern Ireland, the Companies Act (Northern Ireland) 1960 has the same meaning in those subsections as in that Act.'.— [Mr. Ian Stewart.]
Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.