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Tuesday 24 July, 2001

Halifax Group PLC

SAR - Caledonia Inv PLC

Halifax Group PLC
24 July 2001
                                                                FORM SAR 5


                                       Date of disclosure...24th JULY 2001


             DISCLOSURE UNDER NOTE 3 OF RULE 5 OF THE RULES GOVERNING
                   SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITIONS OF SHARES ('SARs')

                 
Date of sale.....24th JULY 2001

Sale of..........CALEDONIA INVESTMENTS PLC.............(name of company)


(1) Class of voting shares    Number of shares/rights   If rights over shares
    (eg ordinary shares)      over shares sold          sold, as opposed
                                                        to the shares
                                                        themselves, specify
                                                        nature of rights

    ..ORDINARY 5p......       ...6,095,189....shares    .....................
                              ...N/A..........rights


(2) Resultant total holding   Resultant total holding   Total percentage
    of voting shares (and %   of rights over shares
    of total voting shares    (and % of total voting
    in issue)                 shares in issue)

    21,980........(     %)   ...............(    %)    ...0.03........(    %)


(3) Party making disclosure........HALIFAX GROUP PLC

(4)  (a)  Name of person selling shares or rights over shares 
                                  THE EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY

          and, if different, beneficial owner............................... 

     (b)  Names of any other persons acting by
          agreement or understanding (see SAR 5)............................


Signed, for and on behalf of the party named in (3) above...................

(Also print name of signatory)..........KAERON HERATY.......................

Telephone and extension number..........020 7321-1139.......................


For full details of the SARs disclosure requirements, see Rules 3 and 5 of the
SARs.  If in doubt, contact the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers, 
Tel. No: 020 7382 9026.