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Thursday 11 May, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

SAR 3 - London Stock Exchange

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

                                                                      FORM SAR 3

                           DISCLOSURE OF ACQUISITIONS
       (Rule 3 of The Rules Governing Substantial Acquisitions of Shares)


Name of acquirer                                         NIGHTINGALE ACQUISITION
                                                         LIMITED

Beneficial owner, if different from above

Names of any other persons acting by agreement or
understanding (see SAR 5)

Company dealt in                                         London Stock Exchange
                                                         plc

Class of voting shares (eg ordinary shares)              5 5/6GBp ordinary
                                                         shares

Date of acquisition                                      10 May 2006


Number of shares acquired                                13,791,440

Number of rights over shares acquired #                  Nil

Nature of rights over shares                             n/a


Total holding of voting shares (and percentage of        61,681,720 (24.1%)  
total voting shares in issue)                                   
                                                                 
Total holding of rights over shares (and percentage      Nil        
of total voting shares in issue)

Combined total holding (and percentage) of voting        61,681,720 (24.1%)  
shares and rights over shares                                  
                                                               

Date of disclosure                                       11 May 2006

Contact name                                             Bethany Sherman

Telephone number                                         + 1 (212) 401-8714


# See the definition of 'rights over shares' in the Definitions Section of the
SARs.

For details of the SARs disclosure requirements, see SARs 3 and 5 and their
Notes which can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk.



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