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Wednesday 12 November, 2003

Countrywide Assured

Holding(s) in Company


12 November 2003

Regulatory Information Service

London Stock Exchange

Old Broad Street

London EC2N 1HP

Dear Sir

NOTIFICATION OF SHARE INTEREST

SECTION 198, COMPANIES ACT 1985

The Board of Directors of Countrywide Assured Group plc today announces the
following:-

We have received a notice dated 10 November 2003 from an official of AXA
Investment Managers UK Limited.

They confirm that AXA SA were interested in 42,529,690 Ordinary Shares of 5p
each in Countrywide Assured Group plc. This equates to 12.94% of the total
issued share capital of 328,725,098 shares, of which 22,779,855 (approx. 6.93%)
shares are beneficial and 19,749,835 (approx. 6.01%) are non-beneficial.

The identity of each registered holder of the shares, to which this notice
relates, so far as is known to AXA Investment Managers UK Limited as at 7
November 2003, is detailed on the attached schedule.

This notification of change is due to an increase in the total holding from
12.18% to 12.94%.

Yours faithfully

Director/Company Secretary

Countrywide Assured Group plc

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                       
                                                                                
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985          
                                                                                
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                
                                                                                
Total number of                                                                 
 shares held as                                                                 
at 07/11/03 was                                                                 
 42,529,690 the                                                                 
  breakdown of                                                                  
which is set out                                                                
     below:                                                                     
                                                                                
Name of the        Number      Particulars of                  Registered as    
                     of                                                         
                                                                                
Company / Fund     Shares      Beneficial owners                                
                                                                                
AXA UK              53,000     Trustees of AXA UK              HSBC Global      
Investment Co                  Investment Co ICVC              Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                           (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
Extra Income                   Extra Income Fund               Mariner House    
Fund                                                                            
                                                                                
(Non -                                                         Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c 845030       
                                                                                
AXA UK             875,000     Trustees of AXA UK              HSBC Global      
Investment Co                  Investment Co ICVC              Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                           (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
Distribution                   Distribution Fund               Mariner House    
Fund                                                                            
                                                                                
(Non -                                                         Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c 845029       
                                                                                
AXA UK             150,000     Trustees of AXA UK              HSBC Global      
Investment Co                  Investment Co ICVC              Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                           (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
Ethical Fund                   Ethical Fund                    Mariner House    
                                                                                
(Non -                                                         Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c 845042       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                        
                                                                                 
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985           
                                                                                 
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                 
                                                                                 
AXA UK             4,300,000     Trustees of AXA UK             HSBC Global      
Investment Co                    Investment Co ICVC             Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                            (UK) Limited     
                                                                                 
UK Equity Income                 UK Equity Income Fund          Mariner House    
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                          Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 845017       
                                                                                 
AXA UK             1,525,000     Trustees of AXA UK             HSBC Global      
Investment Co                    Investment Co ICVC             Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                            (UK) Limited     
                                                                                 
UK Growth Fund                   UK Growth Fund                 Mariner House    
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                          Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 845005       
                                                                                 
AXA UK               350,000     Trustees of AXA UK             HSBC Global      
Investment Co                    Investment Co ICVC             Custody Nominee  
ICVC                                                            (UK) Limited     
                                                                                 
UK Opportunities                 UK Opportunities Fund          Mariner House    
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                          Pepys Street     
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 889598       
                                                                                 
AXA UK                28,459     Trustees of AXA UK             Chase Nominees   
Investment Co                    Investment Co ICVC             Ltd              
ICVC                                                                             
                                                                                 
Global                           Global Distribution Fund       a/c 17336        
Distribution                                                                     
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                                           
Beneficial)                                                                      

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                        
                                                                                 
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985           
                                                                                 
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                 
                                                                                 
AXA UK                51,385     Trustees of AXA UK             Chase Nominees   
Investment Co                    Investment Co ICVC             Ltd              
ICVC                                                                             
                                                                                 
Global Growth                    Global Growth Fund             a/c 17260        
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                                           
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
PPP Healthcare     2,791,003     Guardian Royal Exchange        Chase Nominees   
Group plc                        plc and Subs. Cos              Ltd              
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                          a/c 13067        
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
                                                                Trinity Tower    
                                                                                 
                                                                9 St Thomas Moore
                                                                Street           
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC1       
                                                                                 
AXA World Funds       75,393     Trustees of AXA World          Vidacos Nominees 
II                               Funds II                                        
                                                                                 
UK Equities                      UK Equities (formerly UK       London           
(formerly UK                     Growth) Fund                                    
Growth) Fund                                                                     
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                                           
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
AXA World Funds      125,000     Trustees of AXA World          Vidacos Nominees 
II                               Funds II                                        
                                                                                 
Distribution                     Distribution Fund              London           
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                                           
Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                 
AXA World Funds       69,914     (Registration details                           
                                 available upon request)                         
                                                                                 
British Equities                                                                 
Fund                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Non -                                                                           
Beneficial)                                                                      

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                      
                                                                               
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985         
                                                                               
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares               
                                                                               
Sun Life           35,502     Trustees of the WABCO           HSBC Global      
Nominees Ltd A/c              Automotive UK Pensions          Custody Nominee  
18                            Scheme                          (UK) Limited     
                                                                               
(Non -                        Newhold Road                    Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                    
                                                                               
                              Rugby Warwickshire CV21 2NL     Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                                                              London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 777086       
                                                                               
Sun Life           21,446     Trustees of the Princes         HSBC Global      
Nominees Ltd A/c              Pension Scheme                  Custody Nominee  
20                                                            (UK) Limited     
                                                                               
(Non -                        Princes Foods Ltd               Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                    
                                                                               
                              Royal Liver Building            Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                              Pierhead                        London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                              Liverpool L3 1NX                a/c 777094       
                                                                               
Sun Life           40,969     Trustees of the Cobham          HSBC Global      
Nominees Ltd A/c              Pension Plan                    Custody Nominee  
29                                                            (UK) Limited     
                                                                               
(Non -                        Brook Road                      Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                    
                                                                               
                              Wimborne                        Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                              Dorset DH21 2BH                 London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 777167       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                       
                                                                                
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985          
                                                                                
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                
                                                                                
Sun Life             6,779     Trustees of the Princes         HSBC Global      
Nominees Ltd A/c               (1977) Pension Scheme           Custody Nominee  
31                                                             (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
(Non -                         Princes Foods Ltd               Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                     
                                                                                
                               Royal Liver Building            Pepys Street     
                                                                                
                               Pierhead                        London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                               Liverpool L3 1NX                a/c 785078       
                                                                                
Sun Life            12,551     Eldridge Pope Pension Fund      HSBC Global      
Nominees Ltd A/c                                               Custody Nominee  
32                                                             (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
(Non -                                                         Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                     
                                                                                
                                                               Pepys Street     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c 873426       
                                                                                
Sun Life           150,000     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                       Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd                                                 (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
(Beneficial)                                                   Mariner House    
                                                                                
                                                               Pepys Street     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c ?            
                                                                                
Sun Life           644,603     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                       Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd                                                 (UK) Limited     
                                                                                
(Beneficial)                                                   Mariner House    
                                                                                
                                                               Pepys Street     
                                                                                
                                                               London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                
                                                               a/c 867815       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                        
                                                                                 
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985           
                                                                                 
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                 
                                                                                 
Sun Life              20,242     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd                                                  (UK) Limited     
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 904009       
                                                                                 
Sun Life           1,700,000     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                                (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 867396       
                                                                                 
Sun Life           4,900,000     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                                (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 867372       
                                                                                 
Sun Life              53,554     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                                (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 887553       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                      
                                                                               
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985         
                                                                               
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares               
                                                                               
Sun Life           60,634     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                      Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                              (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                           
                                                                               
(Beneficial)                                                  Mariner House    
                                                                               
                                                              Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                                                              London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 887565       
                                                                               
Sun Life           65,755     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                      Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                              (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                           
                                                                               
(Beneficial)                                                  Mariner House    
                                                                               
                                                              Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                                                              London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 887577       
                                                                               
Sun Life           64,686     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                      Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                              (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                           
                                                                               
(Beneficial)                                                  Mariner House    
                                                                               
                                                              Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                                                              London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 887589       
                                                                               
Sun Life           60,527     Sun Life Pensions               HSBC Global      
Pensions                      Management Ltd                  Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                              (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                           
                                                                               
(Beneficial)                                                  Mariner House    
                                                                               
                                                              Pepys Street     
                                                                               
                                                              London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                               
                                                              a/c 887590       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                        
                                                                                 
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985           
                                                                                 
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                 
                                                                                 
Sun Life              48,313     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                                (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 887607       
                                                                                 
Sun Life              44,109     Sun Life Pensions              HSBC Global      
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Custody Nominee  
Management Ltd A                                                (UK) Limited     
/c X                                                                             
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 887619       
                                                                                 
Sun Life Unit      1,250,000     Sun Life Unit Assurance        HSBC Global      
Assurance Ltd A/                 Ltd                            Custody Nominee  
c X                                                             (UK) Limited     
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    Mariner House    
                                                                                 
                                                                Pepys Street     
                                                                                 
                                                                London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c 867050       
                                                                                 
Sun Life              20,000     Sun Life Pensions              Smith &          
Pensions                         Management Ltd                 Williamson       
Management Ltd                                                  Nominees Ltd     
                                                                                 
(Beneficial)                                                    1 Riding House   
                                                                Street           
                                                                                 
                                                                London W1A 3AS   
                                                                                 
                                                                a/c S66          

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                         
                                                                                  
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985            
                                                                                  
               Countrywide Assured Group plc ord GBP 0.05 shares                  
                                                                                  
Sun Life            1,000,000     Sun Life International         Sun Life         
International                     (IOM) Ltd                      International    
(IOM) Ltd                                                                         
                                                                                  
(Beneficial)                                                     Isle of Man      
                                                                 Limited a/c      
                                                                                  
                                                                 a/c SLI 11       
                                                                                  
AXA Colonia           369,756     (Registration details                           
Konzern                           available upon request)                         
                                                                                  
(Beneficial)                                                                      
                                                                                  
AXA Insurance UK   12,327,676     AXA Free                       Chase Nominees   
                                                                 Ltd              
                                                                                  
(Beneficial)                                                     A/C BTO1C        
                                                                                  
AXA General Unit      850,000     HSBC Global Custody            HSBC Global      
Trust                             Nominee (UK) Limited           Custody Nominee  
                                                                 (UK) Limited     
                                                                                  
(Non -                            as Trustees of the Trust       Mariner House    
Beneficial)                                                                       
                                                                                  
                                                                 Pepys Street     
                                                                                  
                                                                 London EC3N 4DA  
                                                                                  
                                                                 a/c 880868       
                                                                                  
AXA UK Group          855,954     AXA UK Group Pension           Chase Nominees   
Pension Scheme                    Scheme                         Ltd              
                                                                                  
Equity Fund                       Equity Fund                    a/c 00994        
                                                                                  
(Non -                                                           Trinity Tower    
Beneficial)                                                                       
                                                                                  
                                                                 9 St Thomas Moore
                                                                 Street           
                                                                                  
                                                                 London EC1       

                      DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST IN SHARES OF                         
                                                                                  
         APPENDIX - NOTICE UNDER SECTION 198 OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1985            
                                                                                  
AXA Ireland               3,003     AXA Ireland Pension Fund      Chase Nominees  
Pension Fund                                                      Ltd             
                                                                                  
(Non -                                                            a/c 21652       
Beneficial)                                                                       
                                                                                  
AXA Financial,        7,529,477     AXA Rosenberg                                 
Inc                                                                               
                                                                                  
(Non -                                                                            
Beneficial)                                                                       
                                                                                  
                                     Holding as % of Issued                       
                                             Capital                              
                                                                                  
Total                22,779,855               6.97                                
Beneficial                                                                        
Interest                                                                          
                                                                                  
Total                19,749,835               6.05                                
Non-Beneficial                                                                    
Interest                                                                          
                                                                                  
               Total 42,529,690              13.02%                               
                                                                                  


                                                                                                                      

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