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Note 33: Share capital

  Group and Company
  2009   2008
Ordinary shares of 25 pence each Number of shares
000s
£ million   Number of shares
000s
£ million
Authorised          
At April 1 and March 31 1,512,000 378   1,512,000 378
Allotted, called up and fully paid          
At April 1 1,153,105 288   1,151,575 288
Exercise of options under Employee Share Option Schemes 523     1,530  
At March 31 1,153,628 288   1,153,105 288