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Thursday 22 July, 1999

Henderson Smllr Cos

Purchase of Own Securities

HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
22 July 1999



     THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
                               
   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 granted  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 500,000 ordinary shares of 25p each of the Company
was made today at a price of 289.5p per share.

Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares,
176,756,000 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