Notes contentsNotes to consolidated financial statements

9. Dividends

All figures in £ millions 2008 2007
Final paid in respect of prior year 20.5p (2007: 18.8p) 163 150
Interim paid in respect of current year 11.8p (2007: 11.1p) 94 88
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The directors are proposing a final dividend in respect of the financial year ended 31 December 2008 of 22p per share which will absorb an estimated £176m of shareholders’ funds. It will be paid on 8 May 2009 to shareholders who are on the register of members on 14 April 2009. These financial statements do not reflect this dividend.