Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), notice is hereby given that on January 9, 2002, the Stock Clearing Corporation of Philadelphia (“SCCP”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by SCCP. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The proposed rule change amends SCCP's fee schedule to establish clearly that SCCP's fees, credits, discounts, and other charges which are based upon Philadelphia Stock Exchange (“Phlx”) equity specialists” specialist activities also apply to competing specialists' specialist activities.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, SCCP included statements concerning the purpose of and statutory basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. SCCP has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
The purpose of the proposed rule change is to clearly establish that any fees and charges (as well as any credits and discounts) included in SCCP's fee schedule which are based upon Phlx equity specialists' specialist activities also apply to competing specialists' specialist activities. On December 21, 2001, the Commission approved a Phlx proposed rule change to adopt rules designed to facilitate the establishment of a competing specialist program on Phlx. The new rules provide for the approval by Phlx's Equity Allocation, Evaluation and Securities Committee of applications by qualified specialist units to act as competing specialists in one or more equity securities. Phlx contemplates commencing a competing specialist program in the near future. Under that program, equity securities traded on Phlx may have both a primary specialist (contemplated to be Phlx's current sole specialist in the security) and one or more competing specialists. At this time, SCCP is proposing to apply all specialist fees and charges (as well as any applicable credits or discounts) to Phlx specialists whether primary or competing.
For these reasons, SCCP believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(D) of the Act  which requires that the rules of a registered clearing agency provide for equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges for services which it provides to its participants because SCCP will charge the same for primary and competing specialists.
(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
SCCP does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were either solicited or received.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
Because the foregoing rule change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by SCCP, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder. At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the Start Printed Page 11542provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at SCCP. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-SCCP-2002-01 and should be submitted by April 4, 2002.Start Signature
For the Commission by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
2. The Commission has modified parts of these statements.Back to Citation
3. Securities Exchange Act Release No. 34-45183 (December 21, 2001), 67 FR 118 (January 2, 2002) (order approving SR-Phlx-2001-97).Back to Citation
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