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Thursday 04 May, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

Rule 8.3 - London Stock Exch.

NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
04 May 2006

                                                                       FORM 8.3

    DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE
              (Rule 8.3 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers)


1. KEY INFORMATION

Name of person dealing (Note 1)                          NIGHTINGALE ACQUISITION
                                                         LIMITED*

Company dealt in                                         London Stock Exchange
                                                         plc

Class of relevant security to which the dealings being   5 5/6GBp ordinary
disclosed relate (Note 2)                                shares

Date of dealing                                          3 May 2006


2. INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE

(a) Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of relevant
security dealt in (Note 3)

                                                    Long               Short
                                              Number      (%)     Number     (%)
(1) Relevant securities                       47,890,280  18.7%          
(2) Derivatives (other than options)
(3) Options and agreements to purchase/sell
Total                                         47,890,280  18.7%   Nil

(b) Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company, other
than the class dealt in (Note 3)

Class of relevant security:                         Long               Short
                                              Number      (%)     Number     (%)
(1) Relevant securities
(2) Derivatives (other than options)
(3) Options and agreements to purchase/sell
Total                                         Nil                 Nil

(c) Rights to subscribe (Note 3)

Class of relevant security:                                   Details



3. DEALINGS (Note 4)

(a) Purchases and sales

Purchase/sale            Number of securities            Price per unit (Note 5)
PURCHASE                 9,790,280                       GBP 12.18

(b) Derivatives transactions (other than options)

Product name,       Long/short       Number of securities       Price per unit 
e.g. CFD            (Note 6)         (Note 7)                   (Note 5)


(c) Options transactions in respect of existing securities

(i) Writing, selling, purchasing or varying

Product  Writing,      Number of         Exercise  Type, e.g.  Expiry  Option
name,    selling,      securities to     price     American,   date    money
e.g.     purchasing,   which the option            European            paid/
call     varying etc.  relates (Note 7)            etc.                received
option                                                                 per unit
                                                                       (Note 5)                       
                                                                      

(ii) Exercising

Product name,             Number of securities           Exercise price per unit 
e.g. call option                                         (Note 5)


(d) Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4)

Nature of transaction           Details           Price per unit (if applicable) 
(Note 8)                                          (Note 5) 



4. OTHER INFORMATION

Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives


Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person
disclosing and any other person relating to the voting rights of any relevant
securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting
rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any
derivative referred to on this form is referenced. If none, this should be
stated.

Is a Supplemental Form 8 attached? (Note 9) NO

Date of disclosure                                            4 May 2006
Contact name                                                  Bethany Sherman
Telephone number                                              + 1 (212) 401-8714
If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror with which 
connected
If a connected EFM, state nature of connection (Note 10)


Notes

The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk

* NIGHTINGALE ACQUISITION LIMITED is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Nasdaq
Stock Market, Inc.



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