Redemption or Purchase of Own Shares out of Capital

Companies Act 19852000-12-212001-01-05TSO (The Stationery Office), St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 1PD, 01603 622211,

Notice is hereby given, in accordance with section 175 of the Companies Act 1985 (“the Act”), that: 1. the above-named Company (“the Company”) has approved a payment out of its capital for the purpose of acquiring its own shares by purchase; 2. the amount of the permissible capital payment for the shares in question is £27,789,332.32; 3. the date of the Resolution, under section 173 of the Act, for payment out of capital is 21st December 2000; 4. a Statutory Declaration and Auditors’ report, required by section 173 of the Act, are available for inspection at the Company’s registered office; 5. any Creditor of the Company may, at any time within the 5 weeks immediately following the date of the Resolution for payment out of capital, apply to the Court, under section 176 of the Act, for an Order prohibiting the payment.