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Friday 29 September, 2000


Director Shareholding

29 September 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'), yesterday subscribed for 15,508 50p
ordinary shares of GKN plc at 690p per share, representing less than 0.01% of
the current issued share capital.  4,498 of these shares, together with 26,252
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.  1,048,092 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