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28/01/2010

Result of General Meeting - January 2010

The Annual General Meeting of Mitchells & Butlers was held on Thursday 28 January 2010 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham at 11am with all the Directors of the Board in attendance. There was a high degree of participation, some 82.47% of shares in issue, at the AGM.

Each of the resolutions were voted on by way of a poll and the results of each resolution are shown below. Resolutions 1, 2, 3c, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12a, 12b, 12c, 12d and 13 were approved, resolutions 3a, 3b, 7 and 10 were not approved.

Resolution For1 Against % of Share capital Voted Abstain2 Votes Total % of total share capital participated
No. of shares1 % No. of shares % No. of shares No. of shares
1. Receipt of financial statements 249,082,454 96.81% 8,198,147 3.19% 63.09% 79,045,448 336,326,049 82.47%
2. Approval of remuneration report 142,142,996 61.51% 88,955,539 38.49% 56.67% 105,228,114 336,326,649 82.47%
3a. Reappointment of Tony Bates 126,942,525 39.00% 198,581,771 61.00% 79.82% 10,802,990 336,327,286 82.47%
3b. Reappointment of Simon Laffin 111,782,426 34.34% 213,763,064 65.66% 79.83% 10,781,796 336,327,286 82.47%
3c. Reappointment of Ron Robson 281,049,930 84.67% 50,879,650 15.33% 81.39% 4,397,706 336,327,286 82.47%
4. Reappointment of auditors 243,047,624 99.95% 124,505 0.05% 59.63% 93,154,520 336,326,649 82.47%
5. Auditors' Remuneration 242,946,082 99.94% 140,621 0.06% 59.61% 93,239,946 336,326,649 82.47%
6. Authority to allot equity securities 230,927,188 70.24% 97,848,549 29.76% 80.62% 7,550,312 336,326,049 82.47%
7. Disapplication of Pre-Emption Rights3 230,348,037 69.56% 100,804,675 30.44% 81.20% 5,173,213 336,325,925 82.47%
8. Authority to Purchase Own Shares3 238,297,226 75.39% 77,768,824 24.61% 77.50% 20,260,599 336,326,649 82.47%
9. Political Donations 144,319,580 87.00% 21,573,954 13.00% 40.68% 170,433,389 336,326,923 82.47%
10. Amendments to Articles of Association3 229,579,436 70.89% 94,293,167 29.11% 79.42% 12,453,446 336,326,049 82.47%
11. Notice of Meetings3 237,625,270 76.33% 73,686,142 23.67% 76.34% 25,014,637 336,326,049 82.47%
12a. Appointment of John Lovering 284,397,576 84.75% 51,158,908 15.25% 82.28% 770,802 336,327,286 82.47%
12b. Appointment of Michael Balfour 213,953,520 65.82% 111,110,892 34.18% 79.71% 11,264,970 336,329,382 82.47%
12c. Appointment of Jeremy Blood 222,475,822 68.43% 102,640,853 31.57% 79.72% 11,212,707 336,329,382 82.47%
12d. Appointment of Simon Burke 202,495,981 76.74% 61,365,427 23.26% 64.70% 72,465,878 336,327,286 82.47%
13. Removal of Drummond Hall 222,655,450 68.51% 102,357,851 31.49% 79.70% 11,315,481 336,328,782 82.47%
NOTES:
1 The "For" vote includes those giving the Chairman discretion.
2 These votes are not counted towards the votes cast at the Annual General Meeting
3 Special resolutions

Following the results of the poll the new Board will make an announcement in due course.

The number of shares in issue at 11am on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 was 407,817,367 excluding shares held in Treasury.

The full text of all the resolutions can be found in the Notice of Annual General Meeting and supplementary letters of 23 December 2009 and 4 January 2010 which are available for viewing at the UK Listing Authority's Document Viewing Facility, the address of which is shown below, and also on the Company's website www.mbplc.com. A copy of the resolutions passed under special business (as defined by the listing rules of the UK Listing Authority) will shortly be submitted to the UK Listing Authority's Document Viewing Facility at the address below.

Financial Services Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London E14 5HS
Telephone 020-7066-1000

Further to the poll results today, John Lovering, Jeremy Blood, Michael Balfour and Simon Burke have today been appointed Directors of the Company. Biographical details for each of them are set out below. There is no further information requiring disclosure in relation to each of the new Directors under paragraphs 9.6.13 (2) to (6) of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.

John Lovering

John Lovering is currently Chairman of Debenhams Retail PLC. He has been Chairman of Debenhams Retail since January 2004 and of the PLC since the flotation in May 2006. He will officially step down on 31 March 2010. Other current roles include Managing Partner at Lovering & Lovering and Partner at Echelon Investments LLP.

Previously, Mr Lovering was Chairman of Laurel Pub Company Limited, Fitness First Limited, Odeon Limited, Homebase Group Limited, Fired Earth Limited, Peacock Group, Somerfield Limited and Birthdays Group Limited. He also served as Finance Director of Sears plc, Chief Operating Officer of Tarmac plc and was a director of AGA Foodservice Group PLC.

Jeremy Blood

Jeremy Blood was Managing Director at Scottish & Newcastle (S&N) from 2007 until May 2009 having been at S&N since 1988. He joined initially as Brand Manager for Beer Marketing. Subsequently he held various roles such as Sales & Customer Service Director, Strategy & Marketing Director, Director of Corporate Affairs and Managing Director for S&N Pub Enterprises.

Michael Balfour

Michael Balfour, a chartered accountant, was the founder of Fitness First which he grew from one club in 1992 to the largest chain of health clubs in the World with 530 clubs in 21 countries. Fitness First was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. The Company was acquired by private equity in 2005 for £835m. Michael stepped down as Chairman in April 2009. Michael is currently Chairman and founder of The Hideaways Club, which is now Europe's largest private residence owners club. In 2008 Michael was awarded an OBE for services to business.

Simon Burke

Simon Burke is currently Executive Chairman of Superquinn, Non-Executive Chairman at Majestic Wine PLC and Chairman at National Gallery Co. Previous roles include Chairman at Total Home Entertainment (2003 - 2006), Executive Chairman at Hamleys Plc (2001 - 2003) and Chairman at Virgin Cinemas (1995 - 1999). Mr Burke started his career as a Chartered Accountant for Binder Hamlyn in 1976.

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