Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

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for the year to 31 December 2007

9. Dividends

2007 2006
£m £m
Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the year:    
Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2006 of 9.75p (2005: 8.9p) per share 56.6 51.0
Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2007 of 5.5p (2006: 5.0p) per share 60.7 28.7
117.3 79.7
Proposed final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2007 of 10.25p (2006: 9.75p) per share 107.7 56.6

The proposed final dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting and has not been included as a liability in these financial statements.