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Regulated Terms: Compensation For Loss Of Office, Etc

Volume 98: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1986

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'(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3) 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 compensation to be paid by the society or the company to or in respect of any director or other officer of the society for loss of office or diminution of emoluments attributable to the transfer.

(2) Any such provision must be authorised so far as the society is concerned as follows, that is to say—

  • (a) except in so far as paragraph (b) below applies, the provision must be approved by a resolution passed as a special resolution, not being one of the requisite transfer resolutions;
  • (b) if regulations are made under subsection (3) below authorising payments of such compensation within prescribed limits and the provision for such compensation includes only payments of amounts not exceeding the prescribed limits, the passing of the requisite transfer resolutions is sufficient authority for their payment.
  • (3) The Commission, with the consent of the Treasury, may by regulations authorise payments of compensation to directors or other officers attributable to transfers of business under section (Transfer of business to commercial company) subject to limits specified in or determinable under the regulations and the regulations may make different provision for different classes of person.

    (4) Nothing in subsections (2) or (3) above prevents a director or other officer from receiving payments which, in the aggregate, exceed any limit applicable to him under either of those subsections if the excess payment is included in provision approved as required by subsection (2) (a) above; but if any payment is received which has not been authorised under paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection it shall be repaid.

    (5) The power to make regulations under subsection (3) above is exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

    (6) In this section—

    "compensation" includes the provision of benefits in kind;
    "loss of office" includes, in relation to a director or other officer of a building society holding office in a subsidiary of that society or in an associated body by virtue of his position in that society, the loss of that office; and
    "prescribed", with reference to limits on compensation, means prescribed by regulations under subsection (3) above;

    and any terms of a transfer of business to which subsection (2) or regulations under subsection (3) above apply are regulated terms for the purposes of section (Transfer of business to commercial company).'.— [Mr. Ian Stewart.]

    Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.