The Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

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Published: 1998-12-11

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Statutory Instruments
1998 No. 3034

The Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

11th December 1998

Laid before Parliament
11th December 1998

Coming into force
1st January 1999

The Friendly Societies Commission, being a Department designated for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(1) in relation to the authorisation and carrying on by friendly societies of insurance business and the regulation of such business and its conduct and in relation to anything supplemental or incidental to such matters(2) in exercise of the powers conferred by that section and, with the consent of the Treasury, in exercise of the power conferred upon it by section 45 of the Friendly Societies Act 1992(3), hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) (Amendment) Regulations 1998, and shall come into force on the 1st January 1999.


2.  In these Regulations, “the 1994 Regulations” means the Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) Regulations 1994(4).

Amendment of the 1994 Regulations

3.  The 1994 Regulations are hereby amended as follows:

(a)regulation 16 shall be replaced by the following regulation:

“16.  A society need not cover its liabilities by assets in a particular currency if those assets would amount to 7 per cent. or less of the remainder of its assets in other currencies.”; and

(b)in regulation 19(1), in the definition of “approved financial institution”, there shall be inserted, before “the central bank of an EEA State”, “the European Central Bank”.

In witness whereof the common seal of the Friendly Societies Commission is hereunto fixed, and is authenticated by me, a person authorised under paragraph 13 of Schedule 1 to the Friendly Societies Act 1992, on

Bosco D'Silva
7th December 1998.

We consent to these Regulations.

Bob Ainsworth
Clive Betts
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury
11th December 1998

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend the Friendly Societies (Insurance Business) Regulations 1994 in consequence of the commencement of the third stage of Economic and Monetary Union, at the start of 1999, having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No. 1103/97 on certain provisions relating to the introduction of the euro (OJ No. L 162, 19.6.97, p. 1). They also replace regulation 16 of the 1994 Regulations, in order to remove provisions which will be spent at the end of 1998.
Note as to Earlier Commencement Orders

(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations amend an existing regulatory regime without imposing any additional costs or savings. Accordingly, no regulatory impact assessment has been prepared.

1972 c. 68.

The European Communities (Designation) (No. 5) Order 1992 (S.I. 1992/3197).

1992 c. 40.

S.I. 1994/1981. The Regulations have been amended by S.I.s 1996/3008, 1997/966, and 1997/2849.