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Wednesday 16 August, 2000


Directors' Notification of Dealing in Shares

16 August 2000

                 Directors' Interests in Shares of GKN plc 

GKN Quest Trustee Ltd, the trustee of the discretionary trust established by
deed on 30th June 1997 to facilitate the operation of the GKN and Westland SAYE
Share Option Schemes (the 'Schemes'), has today subscribed for 35,202 50p
ordinary shares of GKN plc, 33,682 at 891p per share, 458 at 184.4p per share,
866 at 238p per share and 196 at 395p per share, representing less than 0.01% of
the current issued share capital. 10,544 of these shares, together with 87,952
shares already held by the trust, were immediately transferred by GKN Quest
Trustee Ltd to employees who had validly exercised options granted under the
Schemes in respect of such shares, 1,189,736 shares remain in the trust.

Sir C.K. Chow, Mr M. Beresford, Mr D.J. Wright, Mr. K. Smith, Mr D.J. Turner and
Mr. R.W. Etches, Directors of GKN plc, are potential beneficiaries under the
discretionary trust (together with all other UK employees of the GKN Group) and
are therefore interested in the shares whilst they are held by GKN Quest Trustee

Company Secretary