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Thursday 15 September, 2011

Premier Farnell PLC

Holding(s) in Company


TR-1:         Notifications of Major Interests in Shares                               
                                                                                       
Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing  Premier Farnell PLC       
shares to which voting rights are attached:                                            
                                                                                       
2:    Reason for notification (yes/no)                                                 
                                                                                       
An acquisition or disposal of voting rights                                    yes     
                                                                                       
An acquisition or disposal of qualifying financial instruments which may               
result in the acquisition of shares already issued to which voting rights       no     
are attached                                                                           
                                                                                       
An acquisition or disposal of instruments with similar economic effect to       no     
qualifying financial instruments                                                       
                                                                                       
An event changing the breakdown of voting rights                                no     
                                                                                       
Other (please specify):                                                         no     
                                                                                       
3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification                                  
                                                              Standard Life Investments
                                                             Ltd                       
    obligation:                                                                        
                                                                                       
4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.):        Vidacos Nominees         
                                                                                       
5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold                            
                                                             13 September 2011         
                                                                                       
      is crossed or reached):                                                          
                                                                                       
6. Date on which issuer notified:                            14 September 2011         
                                                                                       
7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:              8%                        
                                                                                       
8:    Notified Details                                                                
                                                                                      
Voting rights attached to shares                                                      
                                                                                      
Class/type of share   If possible use ISIN code  GB0003318416                         
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
Situation previous to the triggering transaction                                      
                                                                                      
Number of shares                                 Number of voting rights              
                                                                                      
30,459,711                                       30,459,711                           
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction                                  
                                                                                      
Number of shares               Number of voting rights          Percentage of         
                                                                voting rights         
                                                                                      
                               Direct            Indirect       Direct    Indirect    
                                                                                      
29,352,541                     18,258,786        11,093,755     4.939%    3.001%      
                                                                                      
Qualifying Financial Instruments                                                      
                                                                                      
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction                                  
                                                                                      
Type of financial   Expiration     Exercise/         No. of voting    Percentage of   
instrument          date           conversion period rights that may  voting rights   
                                   /date             be acquired                      
                                                     (if the                          
                                                     instrument                       
                                                     exercised/                       
                                                     converted)                       
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
                                                                                      
C: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect to Qualifying Financial          
Instruments                                                                            
                                                                                       
Resulting situation after the triggering transaction                                   
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
Type of financial      Exercise Expiration   Exercise/  Number of    % of voting rights
instrument             price    date         Conversion voting                         
                                             period     rights                         
                                                        instrument                     
                                                        refers to                      
                                                                                       
                                                                      Nominal    Delta 
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
Total (A+B+C)                                                                          
                                                                                       
Number of voting rights                                Percentage of voting rights     
                                                                                       
29,352,541                                             7.941%                          
                                                                                       
9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the         
financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:                             
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
Proxy Voting:                                                                          
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
10. Name of the proxy holder:                                                          
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to                                 
hold:                                                                                  
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold                                      
voting rights:                                                                         
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
13. Additional information:                                                            
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
14. Contact name:                       investments_mo@standardlife.com                
                                        Standard Life Investments Ltd                  
                                                                                       
                                                                                       
15. Contact telephone number:                                                          
                                        (0131) 245 6565