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Henderson Smllr Cos (HSL)

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Wednesday 23 November, 2005

Henderson Smllr Cos

Transaction in Own Shares

Henderson Smaller Cos Inv Tst PLC
23 November 2005

THE HENDERSON SMALLER COMPANIES INVESTMENT TRUST PLC



HENDERSON GLOBAL INVESTORS



23 NOVEMBER 2005







              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 at the Annual General Meeting of the
Company held on 30 September 2005 to make market purchases of the Company's own
shares, a market purchase of 40,000 ordinary shares of 25p each of the Company
was made today at a price of 198.875p per share.



Following the purchase and cancellation of the above shares, 100,896,282
ordinary shares of 25p each will remain in issue.



                                     -ENDS-


For further information please contact:

Neil Hermon
The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc
Telephone: 020 7818 4351

Teresa Wat
The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc
Telephone: 020 7818 4644

James de Sausmarez
Head of Investment Trusts, Henderson Global Investors
Telephone: 020 7818 3349




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