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1896.

Friendly Societies Act, 1896.

Ch. 26.

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likely, in the opinion of the registrar, to deceive the members or the public as to its nature or its identity.

Acknowledgment of registry.11. The registrar, on being satisfied that a society has complied with the provisions of this Act as to registry, shall issue to that society an acknowledgment of registry specifying the designation of the society, according to the classification set forth in this Act, and this acknowledgment shall be conclusive evidence that the society therein mentioned is duly registered, unless it is proved that the registry of the society has been suspended or cancelled.

Appeals from refusal to rgister.12.—(1.) From a refusal to register a society an appeal shall lie Appeals from as follows:—

(a) if the assistant registrar for Scotland or for Ireland refuses to register, the society may appeal to the chief registrar, and if he refuses, to the Court of Session in Scotland, or to the High Court in Ireland:

(b) if the central office refuse, the society may appeal to the High Court in England.

(2.) If the refusal to register is overruled on appeal, the registrar shall give an acknowledgment of registry to the society.

Registry of amendments of rules13.—(1.) An amendment of a rule made by a registered society shall not be valid until the amendment has been registered under this Act, for which purpose copies of the amendment, signed by three members and the secretary, shall be sent to the registrar.

(2.) The registrar shall, on being satisfied that any amendment of a rule is not contrary to the provisions of this Act, issue to the society an acknowledgment of registry of the amendment, and that acknowledgment shall be conclusive evidence that the amendment duly registered.

(3.) The provisions of this Act as to appeals from a refusal to register a society shall apply to a refusal to register an amendment of a rule.

Registry of societies carrying on business in more than one part of the United Kingdom.14.—(1.) A society carrying or intending to carry on business in more than one part of the United Kingdom shall be registered in the part in which its registered office is situate; but the rules and registered amendments of rules of any such society shall be more than one recorded by the registrars of the other parts, and for that purpose copies of the rules and amendments shall be sent to those registrars.

(2.) Until the rules are so recorded the society shall not be entitled to any of the privileges of this Act in the part of the United Kingdom in which the rules have not been recorded, and until the amendments of rules are recorded they shall not take effect in that part.

Registry of dviding societies15. A society (other than a benevolent society or working-men's shall not be disentitled to registry by reason of any rule for or practice of dividing any part of the funds thereof if the rules of the society contain distinct provision for meeting all claims upon the society existing at the time of division before any such division takes place.