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Thursday 14 October, 1999

Henderson Smllr Cos

Purchase of Own Securities

HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC
14 October 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 24 September 1999 to make market purchases of the Company's own
shares, a market purchase of 475,000 ordinary shares of 25p each of the Company
was made today at a price of 290p per share.

Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares, 170,701,070
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/Martin Wade
Henderson Press Office
Telephone: 0171 410 4222