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Upon Written Request Copies Available From Securities and Exchange Start Printed Page 20494Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.


Rule 22d-1, SEC File No. 270-275, OMB Control No. 3235-0310

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has submitted for extension of OMB approval Rule 22d-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Investment Company Act”).

Rule 22d-1 [17 CFR 270.22d-1] provides registered investment companies that issue redeemable securities (“funds”) an exemption from section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act to the extent necessary to permit scheduled variations in or elimination of the sales load on fund securities for particular classes of investors or transactions, provided certain conditions are met. These conditions require that (1) the scheduled variation be applied uniformly to all offerees in the specified class; (2) existing shareholders and prospective investors be furnished adequate information concerning the scheduled variation, as prescribed in applicable registration statement form requirements; (3) the fund's prospectus and statement of additional information are revised to describe the new scheduled variation before any new sales load variation is made available to purchasers of fund shares; and (4) within one year of first making the scheduled variation available, existing shareholders are advised of any new sales load variation (items (2) through (4), collectively, “notice requirements”). The notice requirements of Rule 22d-1 are designed to ensure that all existing and prospective investors that may be eligible for a reduction or elimination of the sales load receive timely notice about it. The rule imposes an annual burden per fund of approximately 15 minutes, so that the total burden for the approximately 2,400 funds that might rely on the rule is estimated to be 600 hours.

The collection of information under Rule 22d-1 is mandatory. The information provided by Rule 22d-1 is not kept confidential. The Commission may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study.

General comments regarding the above information should be directed to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20503; and (ii) Michael E. Bartell, Associate Executive Director, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: April 11, 2000.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-9484 Filed 4-14-00; 8:45 am]