Group and company2019
million
2019
£m
2018
million
2018
£m
Issued, called up and fully paid
Ordinary shares of 5.0 pence each681.934.1681.934.1
Deferred shares of 170.0 pence each274.0465.7274.0465.7
955.9499.8955.9499.8

Details of the voting rights of each category of shares can be found within the directors' report in Statutory and other information.

The 170.0 pence deferred shares were created to facilitate a return of capital to shareholders following the reverse acquisition of United Utilities PLC by United Utilities Group PLC in the year ended 31 March 2009 (see company statement of changes in equity), and represent the amount of a special dividend paid on B shares at that time. The deferred shares convey no right to income, no right to vote and no appreciable right to participate in any surplus capital in the event of a winding up.