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ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES.

Funds the Dividends of which have not been received for Fifteen
Years may be transferred to the Suitors Fee Fund Account; 1.
Rights of Suitors to Stock or Dividends transferred not to be affected,
but to be satisfied out of the Suitors Fee Fund; 2.

Periodical Investigations and Transfers to be made of Accounts the
Dividends of which have not been received for Fifteen Years; 3.
Dividends, &c. issued from Monies placed out to provide for Chancery
Officers to be transferred to Suitors Fee Fund; 4.

Stamp Duties to be payable hereafter on Powers of Attorney, &c. ;
such Duties to be under the Management of Commissioners of
Inland Revenue; 5, 6.

Lord Chancellor may empower the Accountant General to act on
Powers of Attorney in Receipt of future Monies; 7.

Compensation Allowances may be applied to making good Monies
improperly withheld or abstracted by Parties entitled to such
Allowances; 8.

Orders may be annulled, altered, or renewed; 9.

Construction of Act; 10.

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BILL

INTITULED

An Act for the further Relief of the Suitors of the
High Court of Chancery.

[Note.-The Clauses and Words printed in Italics are proposed to be inserted in Committee.]

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HEREAS it is expedient to make further Provision for the Preamble.
Relief of the Suitors of the High Court of Chancery:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent

Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual 5 and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

Fifteen

ferred to the

I. It shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor, at such Time within Funds, the Nine Calendar Months after the passing of this Act as shall appear which have Dividends of to him to be most convenient, to cause an Investigation to be made not been 10 into the several Accounts standing in the Name of the said Accountant received for General to the Credit of any Cause or Matter the Dividends of Years, may which shall not have been dealt with for Fifteen Years or upwards be transprior to such Time, and if and when he shall be of opinion that it is Suitors Fee not probable that any Claim will be made for the same, to make Fund Ac15 Orders for the Appropriation of the future Dividends to accrue due on such Stock, or such Part of such Dividends as he shall be of opinion may safely and properly be so appropriated, as the same shall accrue, for the Benefit of the Suitors of the said Court, and for the carrying the same over to the Credit of an Account to be entitled

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count.

Rights of
Suitors to
Stock or
Dividends
transferred

not to be
affected,
but to be
satisfied out
of the Suitors

Fee Fund.

Periodical
Investiga-

tions and

Transfers

of Accounts

the Divi

dends of which have not been

entitled "The Suitors Unclaimed Dividend Account," and for the carrying from Time to Time such Part of the Cash standing to the lastmentioned Account as he may think fit over to the Credit of the Account in the Books of the said Accountant General called "The Suitors Fee Fund Account," and such Dividends when so carried over 5 shall thereupon become Part of the Fund standing to such Account.

II. The Right of any Suitor of the said Court to the Stock the Dividends of which shall be appropriated by any such Order or Orders as aforesaid, or to the Dividends so directed to be appropriated, shall not be in anywise prejudiced or affected by such Order or Orders, or 10 by such Appropriation in pursuance thereof as aforesaid, but the Claims of such Suitor or Suitors shall be made good and satisfied out of the Fund standing to the Credit of the Accounts called "The Suitors Fee Fund Account" and "The Suitors Unclaimed Dividend Account," or either of them, by virtue of any Order or Orders to be 15 from Time to Time made by the said Court for that Purpose; and if and when it shall become necessary for the Purposes aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor, by any Order or Orders to be from Time to Time made for that Purpose, to impose such Fees in relation to Proceedings in the said Court of Chancery as to him 20 shall seem meet, and to direct that such Fees shall be collected by means of Stamps, to be provided and used in the Manner now adopted with reference to Fees collected by means of Stamps in the said Court, and to alter, diminish, or abolish such new or additional Fees, as Circumstances may from Time to Time warrant him in so 25 doing.

any

III. At the Expiration of every Five Years from such First Investigation as aforesaid it shall be lawful for the Lord Chancellor to cause a similar Investigation to be made into the several Accounts to be made standing in the Name of the said Accountant General to the Credit 30 of Cause or Matter the Dividends of which shall not have been received for Fifteen Years or upwards prior to such Time, and thereupon the same Course shall be pursued in every respect with respect received for to such Accounts as is herein-before directed with respect to the Investigation so to be made within Nine Calendar Months after the passing 35 of this Act; and the Provisions herein-before contained saving the Rights of the Suitor to any Dividends which may have been appropriated upon or in consequence of such Investigation, and giving Power to the Lord Chancellor to impose, alter, diminish, or abolish Fees in consequence thereof, shall extend and be applicable to every 40 successive Investigation so to be made as aforesaid.

Fifteen

Years.

Dividends,

&c. issued

from Monies

IV. And whereas there is now standing in the Name of the Accountant General of the said Court, to the Credit of the Account

intituled

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