Whitbread Group

Holding(s) in Company

Whitbread Group PLC
18 April 2006


Letter to: Whitbread PLC
Dated: 13 April, 2006


NOTIFICATION OF INTEREST(S) IN SHARES UNDER SECTION 198 COMPANIES                              
ACT 1985 ('THE ACT')                              
                                   
Whitbread PLC                                   
                                   
This notification supersedes any previous notification from AXA Investment
Managers UK Ltd.                                                                

We are writing on behalf of AXA S.A. of 25 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris and its 
Group Companies who are deemed to have an interest in these shares.                                   

AXA S.A. knows that they were interested in 51,529,255 ord in the 257,287,330
share capital immediately after the time when the obligation of
disclosure arose pursuant to section 198 of the Act. These shares are 
represented by a beneficial interest of 9,690,114 shares (3.77%), and a 
non-beneficial interest of 41,839,141 shares (16.26%).  
                                      
The identity of each registered holder of the shares to which this notice 
relates, so far as is known to AXA Investment Managers UK Ltd, as at 12/04/06, 
is as per the Appendix below.               

This notification of change is due to a increase in the total holding from 
19.99% to 20.03%                                   
                                   
                                   
Mr Nigel Thackray                         Mr John Sheppard         
Head of Workflow                          Portfolio Controller          

From: AXA Investment Managers



                                                            
                                            DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                              
                                APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985                           
  
                                               Whitbread PLC ord                               
                                                            
          Total number of shares held as at 12/04/06 was 51,529,255 the breakdown of which is set out below:           
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Name of the               Number of   Particulars of                         Registered as 
Company / Fund               Shares   Beneficial owners                              
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AXA UK Investment Co ICVC   187,963   Trustees of AXA UK Investment Co ICVC  HSBC Global Custody Nominee (UK) Limited
Distribution Fund                     Distribution Fund                      Mariner House
(Non - Beneficial)                                                           Pepys Street
                                                                             London EC3N 4DA
                                                                             a/c 845029
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PPP Healthcare Group plc     87,963   Guardian Royal Exchange plc and Subs.  Chase Nominees Ltd   
(Non - Beneficial)                    Cos                                    a/c 13067
                                                                             Trinity Tower 
                                                                             9 St Thomas   
                                                                             Moore Street  
                                                                             London EC1    
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AXA World Funds               2,744   Trustees of AXA World Funds            Vidacos Nominees
British Equities Fund                 British Equities Fund                  London  
(Non-Beneficial)
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Sun Life Nominees Ltd A/c 20 19,042   Trustees of the Princes Pension        HSBC Global Custody  
(Non - Beneficial)                    Scheme                                 Nominee (UK) Limited        
                                      Princes Foods Ltd                      Mariner House         
                                      Royal Liver Building                   Pepys Street               
                                      Pierhead                               London  EC3N 4DA               
                                      Liverpool  L3 1NX                      a/c 777094               
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Sun Life Nominees Ltd A/c 29  19,266  Trustees of the Cobham Pension Plan    HSBC Global Custody   
(Non - Beneficial)                    Brook Road                             Nominee (UK) Limited  
                                      Wimborne                               Mariner House               
                                      Dorset  DH21 2BH                       Pepys Street               
                                                                             London EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 777167               
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Sun Life Nominees Ltd A/c 31   6,313  Trustees of the Princes (1977)         HSBC Global Custody   
(Non - Beneficial)                    Pension Scheme                         Nominee (UK) Limited              
                                      Princes Foods Ltd                      Mariner House              
                                      Royal Liver Building                   Pepys Street               
                                      Pierhead                               London  EC3N 4DA               
                                      Liverpool  L3 1NX                      a/c 785078 
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Sun Life Pensions             40,000  Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd       HSBC Global Custody   
Management Ltd                                                               Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House         
                                                                             Pepys Street                               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c ?                
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Sun Life Pensions Management 267,210  Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd       HSBC Global Custody    
Ltd                                                                          Nominee (UK) Limited              
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House               
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867815               
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Sun Life Pensions Management 1,290,151 Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd      HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867396               
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Sun Life Pensions Management 237,428 Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd        HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867530               
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Sun Life Pensions Management 2,555,397 Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd      HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867372               
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Sun Life Assurance Society Plc 1,100,000 Sun Life Assurance Society Plc      HSBC Global Custody   
(Benecial)                                                                   Nominee (UK) Limited   
                                                                             Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 776934               
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Sun Life Unit Assurance 529,714 Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd                  HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867116               
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Sun Life Unit Assurance   34,285 Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd                 HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867220               
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Sun Life Unit Assurance  326,571 Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd                 HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867268               
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Sun Life Unit Assurance  360,000 Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd                 HSBC Global Custody   
Ltd A/c X                                                                    Nominee (UK) Limited   
(Beneficial)                                                                 Mariner House          
                                                                             Pepys Street               
                                                                             London  EC3N 4DA               
                                                                             a/c 867050              
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Sun Life Pension Management 5,868 Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd           Smith & Williamson Nominees Ltd
Ltd (Beneficial)                                                             1, Riding House Street
                                                                             London W1A 3AS
                                                                             A/C S66 
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Sun Life Pension Management 12,279 Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd          BNY (OCS) Nominees Limited
Ltd (Beneficial)                                                             ONE CANADA SQUARE
                                                                             LONDON
                                                                             E14 5AL
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Sun Life International (IOM) 250,000 Sun Life International (IOM)Ltd         Sun Life International
Ltd (Beneficial)                                                             Isle of Man Limited a/c
                                                                             a/c SLl 1l
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AXA France                   4,537  (Registration details available
(Non-Beneficial)                     upon request)
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AXA Belgium                      5  (Registration details available
(Beneficial)                         upon request)
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AXA Colonia Konzern        270,790  (Registration details available
(Beneficial)                         upon request)
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AXA Insurance UK          331,216    AXA Free                                Chase Nominees Ltd
(Beneficial)                                                                 A/C BTO1C
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AXA Sun Life plc              1,550,000     AXA Sun Life plc                 AXA Sun Life plc
(fmly Axa Equity & Law Life                 (fmly Axa Equity & Law Life      5 Old Broad Street
Assurance Society plc)                      Assurance Society plc)           London EC2N 1AD
(Beneficial)
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AXA UK Group Pension Scheme     510,361     AXA UK Group Pension Scheme       Chase Nominees Ltd
Equity Fund                                 Equity Fund                       a/c 00994
(Non-Beneficial)                                                              Trinity Tower
                                                                              9 St Thomas Moore Street
                                                                              London EC1
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AXA Financial, Inc           36,390,105     Bernstein
(Non-Beneficial)
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AXA Rosenberg                 4,217,780     AXA Rosenberg
(Non-Beneficial)
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AXA Rosenberg                   302,400     AXA Rosenberg
(Beneficial)
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AXA Rosenberg                   226,800     AXA Rosenberg
(Beneficial)
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AXA Financial, Inc             393,067      Alliance Capital Management LP -
(Non-Beneficial)                            See note below


                                             Holding as % of Issued Capital

Total Beneficial Interest       9,690,114          3.77

Total Non-Beneficial Interest  41,839,141         16.26

Total                          51,529,255         20.03%


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