Right further investigation.
Remembered that I have some spare filters in the box....I have a 287 and a 207.
The 287 (Sabre?) I have had for a while and the 207 was one of 2 I bought recently
Just checked my emails and I bought these back in November from Halfords; I must have remembered the number wrong.
So its got a 207 on it
You can slide a piece of paper between the filter and the column but when you turn the steering wheel it snags the paper; so its definately touching.
Looks like a filter change is tomorrows job
Cheers guys; I'll bin the 207