Statement of directors’ responsibilities
The Interim report is the responsibility of, and has been approved by, the directors. The directors are responsible for preparing the Interim report in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority. The Disclosure and Transparency Rules (“DTR”) require that the accounting policies and presentation applied to the half-yearly figures must be consistent with those applied in the latest published annual accounts, except where the accounting policies and presentation are to be changed in the subsequent annual accounts, in which case the new accounting policies and presentation should be followed, and the changes and the reasons for the changes should be disclosed in the Interim report, unless the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority agrees otherwise.
The directors confirm that this condensed set of financial statements has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, ‘Interim Financial Reporting’ as adopted by the European Union, and that the interim management report herein includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8.
The directors of Smiths Group plc are listed in the Smiths Group plc Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008.
For and on behalf of the Board of Directors:
24 March 2009