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Tuesday 12 March, 2002

Oxford Instruments

Holding(s) in Company

Oxford Instruments PLC
12 March 2002

12 March 2002

The Company has been notified today pursuant to the Companies Act 1985 that
Fidelity International Limited (FIL), parent holding company for various direct
and indirect subsidiaries including Fidelity Investment Services (FISL) and
Fidelity Pension Management (FPM), investment manager for various non-US
investment companies and institutional clients, has a notifiable interest in
5,167,527 ordinary shares in our Company, representing 10.80% of the issued
share capital, as follows:

    No. of Shares Held            Management Company     Nominee/Registered Name

                 1,363,400     FISL                    Chase Nominees Ltd
                 1,009,700     FPM                     Bankers Trust
                 1,040,415     FPM                     Chase Nominees Ltd
                    70,780     FPM                     MSS Nominees Ltd
                   499,532     FIL                     Northern Trust
                   169,300     FIL                     BT Globenet Nominees Ltd
                   575,900     FIL                     Chase Nominees Ltd
                   438,500     FIL                     RBS Trust Bank

The notifiable interests also comprise the notifiable interest of Mr Edward C
Johnson 3d, 82 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02109 a principal shareholder of
Fidelity International Limited.

The above includes interest held on behalf of authorised unit trust schemes in
the UK, notwithstanding the exemption from reporting pursuant to Section 209(1)
(h) of the Companies Act 1985.

                      This information is provided by RNS
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