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Tuesday 18 November, 2003

Xansa PLC

Director Shareholding etc.

Xansa PLC
18 November 2003

TO:     Regulatory News Service
        The London Stock Exchange

Re:  Chapter 16, Paragraph 13 of CONTINUING OBLIGATIONS

Xansa plc (the "Company") announces that the following executive directors were
granted options on 18 November 2003 over the Company's ordinary shares of 5
pence each ('Ordinary Shares') under the rules of the Xansa Share Save Scheme at
an exercise price of 102.6 pence each.

Name of Director                              Number of Options Granted

Mr A R Cox                                      3,596
Mr P R Gill                                     3,596
Mr S R Weston                                   3,596
Mr A L Wood                                     3,596

These options become exercisable during the period from 1 February 2007 until 31
July 2007.

As a result of the above, these directors' interests over options in the
Company's Ordinary Shares are as follows:-

Name of Director                              Number of Options

Mr A R Cox                                      1,320,772
Mr P R Gill                                     334,983
Mr S R Weston                                   492,561
Mr A L Wood                                     437,953

The Company further announces that it received notification on 18 November 2003
under sections 198-208 of the Companies Act 1985 (as amended) (the "Act") that
as at the close of business on 14 November 2003, Fidelity Investments operating
through Fidelity International Limited and its direct and indirect subsidiaries
had reduced its interest in the Company for the purposes of the Act from
31,110,204 Ordinary Shares to 29,391,096.

The notification also comprises the notifiable interests of Mr Edward C. Johnson
3d, being a principal shareholder of Fidelity International Limited.

As a consequence, at the close of business on 14 November 2003, these Ordinary
Shares represented 8.68% of the issued share capital of the Company.

18 November 2003

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