The attendance of non-executive directors at meetings of the committees of the Board during 2007 was as follows:
1 Retired from the Compensation Committee on 26 June 2007.
2 Retired from the Audit Committee on 26 June 2007.
3 Appointed to the Audit Committee on 13 August 2007.
During 2007, the Corporate Responsibility Committee, chaired by Paul Richardson, met once on a formal basis and had many informal discussions. Their report for 2007 is in the Corporate responsibility section.
The Disclosure Committee, which met five times during 2007, is comprised of senior executives in the parent company, from Group financial reporting, internal audit, treasury, legal, tax, human resource and investor relations departments. The purpose of the Disclosure Committee is to add further assurance to the Board and its committees in relation to the content of major financial public statements (including the Annual Report and Accounts). The committee has been instrumental in relation to this Annual Report and Accounts in advising the Audit Committee and the Board on the disclosure aspects of the Companies Act 2006 and the Disclosure and Transparency Rules so as to enable the Board to comply with all relevant provisions.