Notes to the Accounts For the year ended 31 December 2007

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8. Dividends

  2007
£'000
2006
£'000
Amounts recognised as distributions to equity holders in the year:    
Final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2006 of 4.2p per ordinary share (2005: 3.5p) 13,979 12,100
Interim dividend for the year ended 31 December 2007 of 2.4p per ordinary share (2006: 1.8p) 7,806 5,988
  21,785 18,088
Amounts proposed as distributions to equity holders in the year:    
Proposed final dividend for the year ended 31 December 2007 of 5.6p per ordinary share (2006: 4.2p) 17,984 13,859

The proposed final dividend had not been approved by shareholders at 31 December 2007 and therefore has not been included as a liability. The comparative final dividend at 31 December 2006 was also not recognised as a liability in the prior year.

The proposed final dividend of 5.6p (2006: 4.2p) per ordinary share will be paid on 9 June 2008 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 9 May 2008, subject to approval by shareholders.

When the Company pays a dividend to shareholders, there may be income tax consequences. The impact will depend upon the individual circumstances of the shareholder.

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