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Henderson Smllr Cos (HSL)

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Monday 06 November, 2000

Henderson Smllr Cos

Holding in Company

Henderson Smaller Cos Inv Tst PLC
6 November 2000


                                 SCHEDULE 10

                  NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES

 1. Name of company

    THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC

    2) Name of shareholder having a major interest

    THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY

    3) Please state whether notification indicates that it is in respect of
    holding of the shareholder named in 2 above or in respect of a
    non-beneficial interest or in the case of an individual holder if it is a
    holding of that person's spouse or children under the age of 18

    AS IN 2 ABOVE

    4) Name of the registered holder(s) and, if more than one holder, the
    number of shares held by each of them

    HSBC GLOBAL CUSTODY NOMINEE (UK) LIMITED

    5) Number of shares/amount of stock acquired

    -

    6) Percentage of issued class

    -

    7) Number of shares/amount of stock disposed

    -

    8) Percentage of issued class

    -

    9) Class of security

    ORDINARY 25p SHARES

    10) Date of transaction

    3 NOVEMBER 2000

    11) Date company informed

    6 NOVEMBER 2000

    12) Total holding following this notification

    7,297,000


    13) Total percentage holding of issued class following this notification

    4.28%

    14) Any additional information


    2,847,000 ORDINARY SHARES WERE TRANSFERRED FROM EQUITABLE TRUST OF
    INVESTMENT TRUSTS (FORMERLY OWNED BY HSBC BANK PLC AS TRUSTEE) TO
    EQUITABLE FUND OF INVESTMENT TRUST (A SUBSIDIARY OF THE EQUITABLE LIFE
    ASSURANCE SOCIETY) TO BE REGISTERED AS HSBC GLOBAL CUSTODY NOMINEE (UK)
    LIMITED


    15) Name of contact and telephone number for queries

    NEIL TAYLOR 020 7410 4469

    16) Name and signature of authorised company official responsible for
    making this notification

    Date of notification 6 NOVEMBER 2000