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					38 Retirement benefit obligations
Change in benefit obligation

                                                    2005                                                         2004
                                                           Post-retirement                                        Post-retirement
                                         Pensions             benefits             Total       Pensions               benefits              Total
                                          UK   Overseas        UK    Overseas                   UK    Overseas         UK     Overseas
                                         £m         £m        £m          £m        £m         £m          £m         £m           £m        £m
Benefit obligation at
beginning of year                    (15,494)    (522)       (80)       (65)    (16,161)   (13,721)      (521)       (62)        (62)    (14,366)
Current service cost                    (332)     (16)       (18)        (4)       (370)      (316)       (14)       (18)         (2)       (350)
Interest cost                           (822)     (31)        (3)        (1)       (857)      (742)       (30)        (2)         (4)       (778)
Past service cost                        (12)      (1)         -         (1)        (14)        (1)         -          -           -          (1)
Curtailments or settlements               58        3          -          -          61         23         17          -           -          40
Actuarial (loss)/gain                 (2,024)     (28)       (18)        (4)     (2,074)    (1,189)       (56)       (15)         (6)     (1,266)
Contributions by plan participants       (13)      (2)         -          -         (15)       (10)        (1)         -           -         (11)
Benefits paid                            490       24         16          5         535        462         21         17           5         505
Business combinations                      -     (335)         -          -        (335)         -          -          -           -           -
Exchange and other adjustments             -      (30)         -         (9)        (39)         -         62          -           4          66
Benefit obligation at end of year    (18,149)    (938)      (103)       (79)    (19,269)   (15,494)      (522)       (80)        (65)    (16,161)

				
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