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Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

9. Dividends

All figures in millions 2007 2006
Final paid in respect of prior year 18.8p (2006: 17p) 150 136
Interim paid in respect of current year 11.1p (2006: 10.5p) 88 84
238 220

The directors are proposing a final dividend in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2007 of 20.5p per share which will absorb an estimated 164m of shareholders’ funds. It will be paid on 9 May 2008 to shareholders who are on the register of members on 11 April 2008. These financial statements do not reflect this dividend.

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