Notes to the consolidated financial statements

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31 March

 

2010
£m

2009
£m

Cash at bank and in hand

142

102

Short-term bank deposits

362

332

Total

504

434

The effective interest rate on short-term deposits was 0.4% (2009 – 3.0%), with an average maturity of 6 days (2009 – 24 days).

The carrying amount of cash and cash equivalents are denominated in the following currencies:

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31 March

 

2010
£m

2009
£m

Euro

136

161

US dollar

322

235

Sterling

2

4

Other

44

34

Total

504

434