4. Taxation

Year ended 31 Dec
2011
£m

Half year to
30 June 2012
£m
Half year to
30 June 2011
£m

Current tax:

18.0 Current tax – charge for the period 13.3 8.5
(4.7) Current tax – adjustments in respect of prior periods 0.4
13.3 Total current tax 13.3 8.9
6.5 Deferred tax (2.1) 1.6
19.8 Total 11.2 10.5

The rate of tax for the interim period is 25.3% (2011: 26.0%) of the profit before tax. The rate of tax is reflective of the impact of blending profits and losses from different countries and the different tax rates associated with those countries. The tax rate includes the impact of the reduction in the UK's corporation tax rate from 26% to 24% with effect from 1 April 2012.

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