Authority for purchase of own shares

At the Annual General Meeting in 2008 share owners passed a special resolution authorising the Company, in accordance with its Articles of Association, to purchase up to 117,155,289 of its own shares in the market. This authorisation was replaced as part of the Scheme of Arrangement when a resolution was passed, authorising the Company, in accordance with its Articles of Association to purchase up to 117,476,114 of its own shares in the market. In the year under review, 18,820,814 shares (all of which were cancelled) were purchased at an average price of £5.96 per share as part of the Company’s share buy-back program.