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Thursday 13 February, 2003

Office of Fair Trade

Merger Update

Office of Fair Trading
13 February 2003


FAIR TRADING ACT 1973 - PRIOR NOTICE OF MERGERS

The Director General of Fair Trading gives notice under Section 75B(1) of the
Fair Trading Act 1973 (the Act) that a Merger Notice has been given under
Section 75A of the Act in respect of proposed arrangements for:

The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc acquisition of Southern Water Services Limited.

The period for considering this Notice will expire on 11 March 2003 unless
extended by the Director General under Section 75B(3) of the Act.

Affected Sector: Water.

Representations about the proposed merger may be made by 26 February 2003 to:

Mr A Hobbs

Office of Fair Trading

Mergers Branch

Fleetbank House

2-6 Salisbury Square

London EC4Y 8JX

FAX. (020) 7211 8916


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