§ Circulation of election addresses, resolutions and statements
§ 4. –(1) If the rules of the society so provide, any dispute in respect of a refusal by a building society to send to its members—
- (a) copies of an election address, in accordance with section 55(7), or
- (b) any document required to be sent under paragraph 28(1) of Schedule 2 to this Act,
§ shall, unless the refusal is on one of the grounds specified in sub-paragraph (2) below be referred to arbitration.
§ (2) Those grounds are—
- (a) that publicity for the document in question would be likely to diminish substantially the confidence in the society of investing members of the public, or
- (b) that the rights conferred by section 55(7) or paragraph 28(1) are being abused to seek needless publicity for defamatory matter.
§ Procedure on a reference to arbitration
§ 5. – (1) This paragraph has effect in relation to an arbitration under paragraph 4(1) above.
§ (2) One or more arbitrators shall be appointed in the manner provided for by the rules of the building society; and so shall another arbitrator if an appointed arbitrator dies or refuses to act.
§ (3) No arbitrator acting on a reference shall be benefically interested (whether directly of indirectly) in the funds of the society.
§ (4) The rules of the society may provide for the procedure to be followed on a reference to arbitration.
§ (5) An award made by arbitrators, or the majority of them, shall be final and binding.
§ (6) For the purposes of the Arbitration Act 1950 and the Arbitration Act 1979 or, in Northern Ireland, the Arbitration Act (Northern Ireland) 1937 the rules of the society shall be treated as an arbitration agreement.
§ (7) In relation to Scotland, sub-paragraph (6) above shall be omitted.
§ Access to register of members
§ 6. –(1) Any dispute as to the rights of a member of a building society under paragraph 14 of Schedule 2 to this Act shall be referred to the Commission.
§ (2) The reference of a dispute to the Commission under this paragraph shall be treated as a reference to arbitration; and its award shall have the same effect as that of an arbitrator acting in a reference under paragraph 4(1) above.
§ Disputes cognizable under a scheme
§ 7. – (1) Any dispute relating to a prescribed matter of 1032 complaint action in relation to which is subject to investigation under a scheme under section (Schemes for the investigation of complaints) may, if the complainant and the society or, as the case may be, the complainant and the associated body agree, instead of being determined by the adjudicator under the scheme, be referred to him as arbitrator.
§ (2) The reference of a dispute to an adjudicator under subparagraph (1) above shall be treated as a reference to arbitration; and his award shall have the same effect as that of an arbitrator acting in a reference under paragraph 5(1) above.
§ (3) Any expression used in this paragraph and section (Schemes for the investigation of complaints) has the same meaning in this paragraph as in that section.
§ 8. In this Part of this Schedule, in relation to an arbitration in Scotland, references to an arbitrator shall be read as references to an arbiter.'.—[Mr. Ian Stewart.]
§ Amendment made: No. 254, New Schedule—