Whitbread Group

Holding(s) in Company

Whitbread Group PLC
7 January 2004

Letter to Whitbread Plc
Dated 6 January 2004


Disclosure of Interests in shares Under Section 198

Consequent upon a purchase in the market of 149,503 shares on the 05 January
2004, Legal & General Group Plc companies are now the beneficial owners of the
following number of shares which are not subject to a concert party and will be
registered as follows:

Material Interest 

HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/C 914945             109,262
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/C 923363             114,245
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 775237              45,420
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 886603           1,856,423
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/C 775245           1,303,263
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 130007              65,000
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 357206           6,705,775
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 866203             415,500
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 904332              24,900
HSBC Global Custody Nominees(UK) Ltd A/c 916681              15,500
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 922437                 900
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 754612             325,637
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 361602              10,500
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 282605             518,946
HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Ltd A/c 360509             366,235
HSBC Global Custody Nominees(UK) Ltd A/c 824434               7,032
 
                                                         11,884,538    4.00%  
 
Please note that this percentage is based on our understanding that your issued
share capital is 296,698,378, which is the figure quoted by Exshare.


From: Legal & General plc


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