Statement of Directors' responsibilities

In relation to the Group financial statements

The following statement, which should be read in conjunction with the independent auditor's report, is made with a view to distinguishing for shareholders the respective responsibilities of the Directors and of the auditor in relation to the Group financial statements.

The Directors are responsible for preparing the Annual Report and the Group financial statements in accordance with applicable United Kingdom law and those International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union.

The Directors are required to prepare Group financial statements for each financial year which present fairly the financial position of the Group and the financial performance and cash flows of the Group for that period.

The Directors consider that in preparing the Group financial statements, the Group has used appropriate accounting policies, applied in a consistent manner and supported by reasonable and prudent judgements and estimates, and that all applicable accounting standards have been followed.

The Directors have responsibility for ensuring that the Group keeps accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy the financial position of the Group and which enable them to ensure that the Group financial statements comply with the Companies Act 1985 and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation.

The Directors have general responsibility for taking such steps as are reasonably open to them to safeguard the assets of the Group and to prevent and detect fraud and other irregularities.

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