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23 Share capital
      Number
of shares
(000's)
m
Ordinary shares of 25p each
Authorised
At 31 December 2004     1,182,000 296
Called up, allotted and fully paid
At 31 December 2003     802,388 201
Issued under share option and employee
share schemes
    862 -
At 31 December 2004     803,250 201
Note The consideration received in respect of shares issued during the year was 4m (2003: 5m).
  When
granted
Number
of shares
(000's)
Price (p) Original
subscription
exercise period
Options outstanding at 31 December 2004
Worldwide Save for Shares plans 1997 5 530 2004 - 05
  1998 46 687 2005 - 06
  1999 118 913 - 926 2004 - 07
  2000 52 1,277 - 1,481 2005 - 08
  2001 303 957 - 1,096 2004 - 09
  2002 474 696 2005 - 10
  2003 1,978 425 - 426 2006 - 11
  2004 878 495 - 518 2007 - 12
    3,854    
Discretionary share option plans 1995 116 487 - 545 1998 - 05
  1996 195 584 - 654 1999 - 06
  1997 943 677 - 758 2000 - 07
  1998 1,483 847 - 1,090 2001 - 08
  1999 2,950 1,081 - 1,922 2002 - 09
  2000 5,432 64 - 3,224 2000 - 10
  2001 11,206 822 - 1,421 2002 - 11
    22,325    

Note The subscription prices have been rounded up to the nearest whole penny. The figures include replacement options granted to employees of Dorling Kindersley and the Family Education Network following their acquisition. The discretionary share option plans include all options granted under the Pearson Executive Share Option Plans, the Pearson Reward Plan, the Pearson Special Share Option Plan and the Pearson Long Term Incentive Plan.

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