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Share capital

At the Annual General Meeting in June 2006 share owners passed resolutions authorising the Company, in accordance with its Articles of Association, to allot shares up to a maximum nominal amount of £48,704,061.37 of which £6,251,119.84 could be allotted for cash free of statutory pre-emption rights. These authorisations were replaced at the Annual General Meeting in June 2007 where share owners passed resolutions authorising the Company, in accordance with its Articles of Association, to allot shares up to a maximum nominal amount of £45,971,683.97 of which £6,128,975.44 could be allotted for cash free of statutory pre-emption rights. In the year under review no shares have been issued for cash free from pre-emption rights. Details of share capital movements are given in note 26 in Our financial statements section.