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Henderson Smllr Cos (HSL)

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Friday 16 July, 1999

Henderson Smllr Cos

Purchase of Own Securities

HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
15 July 1999

          Market Purchase by the Company of its own Ordinary Shares

The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc hereby gives notification
that, pursuant to the authority to the Company at the Annual General Meeting on
25 September 1998 to make market purchases of the Company's own shares, a market
purchase of 744,000 ordinary shares of 25p each of the Company was made today at
a price of 283.5p per share.

Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares, 177,256,000
ordinary shares of 25p each will remain in issue.

For further information please contact:

John Alexander/Stephen Westwood
Henderson Investors
Telephone:  0171 410 4340/5517

or 

Vicki Staveacre
Henderson Press Office
Telephone:  0171 410 4222