—(1) Every company shall cause the instrument creating any charge requiring registration under this Division or a copy thereof to be kept at the registered office of the company but in the case of a series of debentures the keeping of a copy of one debenture of the series shall be sufficient for the purposes of this subsection.
(2) Every company shall keep at the registered office of the company a register of charges and enter therein all charges specifically affecting property of the company and all floating charges on the undertaking or any property of the company, giving in each case a short description of the property charged, the amount of the charge and (except in the case of securities to bearer) the names of the persons entitled thereto.
(3) The instruments or copies thereof and the register of charges kept in pursuance of this section shall be open to the inspection of any creditor or member of the company without fee, and the register of charges shall also be open to the inspection of any other person on payment of such fee not exceeding $2 for each inspection as is fixed by the company.
(3A) Any person may, on application to a company and on payment of a fee, not exceeding $1 for every page or part thereof, be furnished with a copy of any instrument or debenture kept by the company in pursuance of this section within 3 days of his making the application.
(4) If default is made in complying with this section, the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 and also to a default penalty.
[UK, 1948, ss. 103-105; Aust., 1961, s. 107]