China Indemnity (Application) Act 1931
|China Indemnity (Application) Act 1931 (1931)|
|The China Indemnity (Application) Act 1931 was passed to create a fund for the benefit of relations between the UK and China|
An Act to make further provision with respect to the application of the China Indemnity Fund and of moneys paid on account of the China Indemnity.
Repeal of 15 & 16 Geo. 5 c. 41 and provisions as to future application of the China Indemnity Fund and receipts on account of the China Indemnity.
1.—(1) The China Indemnity (Application) Act 1925, is hereby repealed, and the China Indemnity Fund formed thereunder and all sums received after the commencement of this Act on account of the China Indemnity shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(2) The payments specified in the First Schedule to this Act shall be made out of the China Indemnity Fund and the balance of the said Fund, so soon as all expenses properly chargeable thereto have been defrayed, shall be paid to the Chinese Government Purchasing Commission constituted under this Act.
(3) One half of every sum received after the commencement of this Act on account of the China Indemnity shall be paid to the said Commission and the other half shall be paid to such persons including persons who are British subjects (hereinafter referred to as “the Board of Trustees”) as the Chinese Government may from time to time appoint to be trustees for the purpose of receiving those moneys and applying them to objects mutually beneficial to China and the British Empire.
Constitution, functions, &c., of Chinese Government Purchasing Commission.
2.—(1) There shall be constituted for the purposes of this Act a Commission (hereinafter referred to as “the Commission”) which shall be a body corporate by the name of “The Chinese Government Purchasing Commission” with perpetual succession and a common seal, and of which the functions shall be—
- (i) to enter into, and to supervise and secure the carrying out of, contracts for the supply and the delivery in China of such plant, machinery and other articles and material, to be manufactured in each case within the United Kingdom, as the Chinese Government may from time to time request them to purchase; and
- (ii) to apply all moneys received by them under this Act in discharging obligations incurred under, or in connection with, any such contracts as aforesaid, and in defraying their general expenses, and, so far as those moneys are not immediately required for such purposes, in establishing a reserve fund for the purpose of enabling the Commission to discharge similar obligations and defray similar expenses in future years.
(2) The Commission shall consist of a chairman, who shall be the diplomatic representative in London for the time being of China, a representative of the Chinese Ministry of Railways and four other members, appointed from time to time by the Chinese Government, after consultation with the Board of Trustees, from a panel of persons commended to those Trustees by the Secretary of State as being persons of standing with wide experience in business matters.
(3) Any income accruing to the Commission, whether under section one of this Act or from the deposit or investment of moneys not required by them for immediate use, shall be exempt from all taxation.
(4) The provisions of the Second Schedule to this Act shall apply with respect to the constitution, powers and proceedings of the Commission.
3. This Act may be cited as the China Indemnity (Application) Act 1931.
FIRST SCHEDULE Section 1.
|Payments to be made out of the China Indemnity FundTo the Hong Kong University for the education of Chinese students||£ 265,000|
|To the Universities’ China Committee in London for the following purposes:—||200,000|
|(i) to arrange for such Chinese men and women to visit and lecture in the United Kingdom and for such British men and women to visit and lecture in China as may seem to them suitable;|
(ii) to assist Chinese students coming to the United Kingdom to find hospitality and suitable living accommodation;
(iii) to advise Chinese students as to their course of studies in the United Kingdom and as to other matters connected therewith;
(iv) to encourage and facilitate the teaching of the Chinese language and literature at the universities of the United Kingdom by the endowment for those purposes of professorships and lectureships, or otherwise;
(v) generally to encourage closer intellectual co-operation and to promote cultural relations between China and the United Kingdom.
SECOND SCHEDULE Section 2. Provisions with respect to the Constitution, Powers and Proceedings of the Commission
1. The term of office of a member of the Commission (other than the chairman) shall be three years, but a member whose term of office has expired shall be eligible for reappointment and a member (other than the chairman) may at any time resign his office.
2. The proceedings of the Commission shall not be invalidated by any vacancy among its members or by any defect in the appointment of any member.
3. At any meeting of the Commission four members shall constitute a quorum.
4. The Commission may provide such offices and employ such officers, expert advisers, accountants and agents as they deem necessary for the proper discharge of their functions.
5. The accounts of the Commission shall be made up to such date in each year and be audited by such persons as the Commission may determine, and the Commission shall submit to the Chinese Government a summary of those accounts and of their transactions during the year, and shall cause that summary to be published.
6. Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Commission may regulate their own procedure and make standing orders governing the conduct of their business, whether by the Commission or by committees of the members thereof.
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