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Monday 03 March, 2003

Xansa PLC

Director Shareholding

Xansa PLC
03 March 2003

TO:     Regulatory News Service
        The London Stock Exchange





Re:  Chapter 16, Paragraph 13 of CONTINUING OBLIGATIONS





Xansa plc (the "Company") announces that it received notification on 3 March
2003 for the purposes of Section 329 of the Companies Act 1985 that at 3 March
2003 Xansa Trustee Company Limited, trustee of the Inland Revenue approved Xansa
All Employee Share Ownership Plan ('AESOP') had sold 1,472 of the Company's
ordinary shares of 5 pence each ('Ordinary Shares') at 58 pence on behalf of
participants leaving the AESOP.



The AESOP Trust is a discretionary trust for the benefit of employees of the
Company and its subsidiaries, which operates in conjunction with the Company's
AESOP and holds Ordinary Shares purchased by employees under the Partnership and
Matching shares section of AESOP as well as holding Ordinary Shares required for
Matching.



1.         Executive directors who are potential beneficiaries of the AESOP are;


            Mrs L K Barrat
            Mrs J L Connell
            Mr A R Cox
            Mr P R Gill
            Mr S R Weston
            Mr A L Wood



2.         Mrs J L Connell, an executive director of the Company, is a director
of Xansa Trustee Company Limited.



The total holding of the AESOP Trust amounts to 13,605,803 Ordinary Shares.






3 March 2003


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