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New Clause 4

Volume 98: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1986

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Service Of Notices

'.(1) This section has effect in relation to any notice, directions or other document required or authorised by or under any provision of this Act or by the rules of a building society to be served on any person other than the Commission and the central office but subject, in the case of notices or other documents to be given or sent to members of a building society, to any provision of its rules.

(2) Any such document may be served on the person in question—

  • (a) by delivering it to him;
  • (b) by leaving it at his proper address; or
  • (c) by sending it by post to him at that address.
  • (3) Any such document may—

  • (a) in the case of a building society, be served on the secretary of the society;
  • (b) in the case of a body corporate (other than a building society), be served on the secretary or clerk of that body;
  • (c) in the case of a partnership, be served on any partner;
  • (d) in the case of an unincorporated association other than a partnership, be served on any member of its governing body.
  • (4) For the purposes of this section and section 7 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (service of documents) in its application to this section, the proper address of any person is—

  • (a) in the case of a building society or its secretary, the address of its principal office;
  • (b) in the case of a member of a building society, his registered address;
  • (c) in the case of a director or the chief executive of a building society, his officially notified address;
  • (d) in the case of a body corporate (other than a building society) its secretary or clerk, the address of its registered or principal office in the United Kingdom;
  • (e) in the case of an unincorporated association (other than a partnership) or a member of its governing body, its principal office in the United Kingdom;
  • and, in any other case, his last-known address (whether of his residence or of a place where he carries on business or is employed).'.— [Sir George Young.]

    Brought up, and read the First time.

    I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

    With this it will he convenient to take Government amendments Nos. 7, 33, 125, 131, 136, 143, 148, 151 to 153, 157, 159, 164, 179, 180, 187, 210, 215, 217, 218,155, 234, 241,242,255,263 to 267, 275,290, 292,306,333,337, and 341.

    New clause 4 and the Government amendments are a series of relatively unexciting and mainly technical amendments which improve the parts of the Bill which cover communications between a society and its members, and a society and the commission and the central office.

    If ever a true word were spoken, it is that this batch of amendments is totally unexciting. Having examined each amendment separately, there were times when I just had to hold on. I can underline what the Minister has said.

    In politics nothing is quite what it seems. We are discussing a great batch of amendments, starting with new clause 4. We believe that the Bill contains certain matters of principle and the remainder is administrative superstructure. While we accept that the superstructure must be correct—and that is important—we intend as a matter of tactics and strategy to confine our main lines of argument to what is controversial, not to these administrative matters which form part of the superstructure of the Bill.

    The amendments largely cover technical matters, but we must be assured that the procedures are logical, watertight and, if challenged, accord with principles of natural justice. We have examined all the amendments and are satisfied that these steps meet the criteria needed. Provided that the Government are satisfied that they meet the needs of potential problems that might arise, we give the amendments our approval. With that, the Opposition will not challenge the clause or the amendments.

    Question put and agreed to.

    Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.