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3.7 Employee Share Ownership Trust and policy on provision of shares for incentive schemes

The Group uses an Employee Share Ownership Trust (the Trust) to acquire and hold shares to facilitate the operation of its share schemes. As at 31 December 2008, the Trust held 4,445,244 ordinary shares in the Company, registered in the name of Greenwood Nominees Limited. Shares held by the Trust are not voted at the Company’s general meetings. The Board also has the necessary authorities to utilise newly issued or Treasury Shares in connection with the operation of its share schemes.