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Tuesday 09 October, 2001

Henderson Smllr Cos

Purchase of Own Securities

Henderson Smaller Cos Inv Tst PLC
9 October 2001

HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORS

THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC


9 October 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 28 September 2001 to make market purchases of the Company's own
shares, a market purchase of 1,274,094 ordinary shares of 25p each of the
Company was made today at a price of 140p per share.


Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares, 153,710,880
ordinary shares of 25p each will remain in issue.


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Andrew Stack/Stephen Westwood

Henderson Global Investors

Telephone: 020 7410 4351/7477 5517




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Vicki Staveacre

Henderson Press Office

Telephone: 020 7410 4222