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Tuesday 09 May, 2000

Whatman PLC

EGM Circular Posted, etc

Whatman PLC
9 May 2000
                              

                         WHATMAN PLC
             POSTING OF CIRCULAR RE DISPOSAL OF
     INDUSTRIAL FILTRATION AND GAS GENERATION BUSINESSES
             AND PROPOSED SUB-DIVISION OF SHARES
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Circular convening EGM to approve Disposal of Businesses
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Whatman  ('Whatman'  or the 'Company')  announces  that  the
circular to shareholders convening an Extraordinary  General
Meeting  ('EGM') to approve the disposal of  the  industrial
filtration  and gas generation businesses (the 'Businesses')
to  Parker Hannifin (the 'Disposal') has today been  posted.
The  EGM  will  be  held at the offices of Whatman,  Whatman
House,  St. Leonard's Road, 20/20 Maidstone, Kent ME16  OLS,
at 12:00 noon on 25 May 2000.

Proposed Sub-division of shares
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Whatman  also announces its intention to sub-divide each  of
the  issued and unissued ordinary shares of 5p each  in  the
capital  of the Company into 5 shares of 1p each  (the  'New
Ordinary   Shares')  (the  'Sub-division').  The   Directors
believe that the Sub-division will improve the marketability
and liquidity of the Company's ordinary shares.

The  Sub-division  is  conditional  upon  the  approval   of
Whatman's  Shareholders,  to  be  sought  at  the  EGM,   as
described above, and admission of the New Ordinary Shares to
the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

Application will be made to the Financial Services Authority
and to the London Stock Exchange for the New Ordinary Shares
to  be  admitted  to official listing on  the  London  Stock
Exchange.

Expected Timetable
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Last date and time for receipt of Pink Proxy Forms
for the Extraordinary General Meeting   12:00 noon, 22 May 2000
Last date and time for receipt of Blue Proxy Forms
for the Extraordinary General Meeting   12:00 noon, 23 May 2000
Extraordinary General Meeting           12:00 noon, 25 May 2000
Record date                                         26 May 2000
Expected date of admission to listing of New Ordinary Shares
                                                    30 May 2000
CREST stock  accounts credited with New Ordinary
Shares                                              30 May 2000
First  day of dealing in New Ordinary Shares        30 May 2000

Further Enquiries
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Whatman
Dr  David Smith, Chief Executive              01622 676670
Harry Cooper, Finance Director                01622 676670

UBS Warburg
Michael  Lacey-Solymar                        020 7567 8000
Gregory  Leader Cramer                        020 7567 8000

UBS  Warburg which is regulated in the UK by the  Securities
and Futures Authority, is acting exclusively for Whatman and
no-one else in connection with the Disposal and will not  be
responsible  to anyone other than Whatman for providing  the
protection  afforded  to customers of UBS  Warburg  nor  for
providing  advice in relation to the Disposal or any  matter
referred to herewith.