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Henderson Smllr Cos (HSL)

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Tuesday 24 July, 2001

Henderson Smllr Cos

Purchase of Own Securities

Henderson Smaller Cos Inv Tst PLC
24 July 2001

HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORS

THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC

24 July 2001


THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC


          Market Purchase by the Company of its own Ordinary Shares



The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc hereby gives notification
that, pursuant to the authority granted to the Company at the Annual General
Meeting on 29 September 2000 to make market purchases of the Company's own
shares, a market purchase of 90,000 ordinary shares of 25p each of the Company
was made today at a price of 206p per share.

Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares, 159,094,974
ordinary shares of 25p each will remain in issue.


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Henderson Global Investors

Telephone: 020 7410 4340/7477 5517



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Henderson Press Office

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