Report of the independent auditors consolidated financial statements
Independent auditors report
to the members
of BT Group plc
We have audited the consolidated financial statements of BT Group plc for the year ended 31 March 2008 which comprise the Group income statement, the Group balance sheet, the Group cash flow
statement, the Group statement of recognised income and expense, Accounting policies and the related notes. These consolidated financial statements are set out
in the Consolidated
financial statements and
undertakings and associate. These consolidated financial statements have been prepared
under the accounting policies set out therein.
We have reported
separately on the parent company financial statements of BT Group plc for the
year ended 31 March 2008 and on the information in the Report on
directors remuneration that is described as having been audited. This separate
report is set out in the
Report of the
independent auditors – parent company.
Respective responsibilities of directors and auditors
directors responsibilities for preparing the Annual Report and the consolidated financial statements in accordance with applicable law and International Financial Reporting
Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union are set out in the Statement of directors responsibilities.
is to audit the consolidated financial statements in accordance with relevant
legal and regulatory requirements and International Standards on Auditing (UK
and Ireland). This report, including the opinion, has been prepared for and only
for the companys members as a body in accordance with Section 235 of the
Companies Act 1985 and for no other purpose. We do not, in giving this opinion,
accept or assume responsibility for any other purpose or to any other person
to whom this report is shown or into whose hands it may come save where expressly
agreed by our prior consent in writing.
We report to you our opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view and whether the consolidated financial statements have
been properly prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 1985 and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation. We also report to you whether in our opinion the information given in the Report of the Directors is consistent with the consolidated financial
we report to you if, in our opinion, we have not received all the information
and explanations we require for our audit, or if information specified by law
regarding directors remuneration and other transactions is not disclosed.
We review whether
the Corporate governance Statement reflects the companys compliance with the nine provisions of the Combined Code (2006) specified for
our review by the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority, and we report if it does not. We are not required to consider whether the boards statements on internal control cover all risks and controls, or form an opinion on the
effectiveness of the groups corporate governance procedures or its risk
and control procedures.
We read other information contained in the Annual Report and Form 20-F and consider whether it is consistent with the audited consolidated financial statements.
The other information comprises only the Overview and the Report of the Directors. We consider the implications for our report if we become aware of any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the consolidated financial statements.
Our responsibilities do not extend to any other information.
Basis of audit opinion
conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK
and Ireland) issued by the Auditing Practices Board. An audit includes examination,
on a test basis, of evidence relevant to the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated
financial statements. It also includes an assessment of the significant estimates
and judgments made by the directors in the preparation of the consolidated financial
and of whether the accounting policies are appropriate to the groups circumstances,
consistently applied and adequately disclosed.
We planned and performed our audit so as to obtain all the information and explanations which we considered necessary in order to provide us with sufficient
evidence to give reasonable assurance that the consolidated financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or other irregularity or error. In forming our opinion we also evaluated the overall adequacy of the
presentation of information in the consolidated financial statements.
In our opinion:
the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view, in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European
Union, of the state of the groups affairs as at 31 March 2008 and of its profit and cash flows for the year then
the consolidated financial statements have been properly prepared in accordance with the Companies Act 1985 and Article 4 of the IAS Regulation; and
the information given in the Report of the Directors is consistent with the consolidated financial statements.
Separate opinion in relation to IFRSs
As explained in the accounting policies, the group in addition to complying with its legal obligation to comply with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union, has also complied with the IFRSs
as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board.
In our opinion
the consolidated financial statements give a true and fair view, in accordance
with IFRSs, of the state of the groups affairs as at 31 March
2008 and of its profit and cash flows for the year then ended.
Chartered Accountants and Registered
London, United Kingdom
14 May 2008
United States opinion
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm to the Board of Directors and Shareholders of BT Group plc
our opinion, the accompanying Group income statements, Group balance sheets,
Group cash flow statements and Group Statements of recognised income and expense
present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of BT Group
plc and its subsidiaries at 31 March 2008 and 2007 and the results of their operations
and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended 31 March 2008,
in conformity with
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as issued by the International
Accounting Standards Board. Also, in our opinion the company maintained, in all
material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of
2008, based on criteria established in the Turnbull criteria. The companys management are responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the
effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in managements evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as set out in the first three paragraphs of Internal control over financial
reporting in the Report of the Directors, Corporate governance of the Form 20-F. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements and on the companys
internal control over financial reporting based on our audits which were integrated
in the years ended 31 March 2008 and 2007. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and
perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the
financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall
financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and
testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits
provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
A companys internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting
and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A companys internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the
maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of
financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide
reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the companys
assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of
effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
London, United Kingdom
14 May 2008