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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Start Printed Page 14716Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.

Extension: Rule 15c2-8; SEC File No. 270-421; OMB Control No. 3235-0481.

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 (“Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.

Rule 15c2-8 Delivery of Prospectus

Rule 15c2-8 requires broker-dealers to deliver preliminary or final prospectuses to specified persons in association with securities offerings. This requirement ensures that information concerning issuers flows to purchasers of the issuers' securities in a timely fashion. There are approximately 8,000 broker-dealers, any of which potentially may participate in an offering subject to Rule 15c2-8. The Commission estimates that Rule 15c2-8 creates approximately 10,600 burden hours with respect to 120 initial public offerings and 460 other offerings.

Written 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, Room 10202, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; and (ii) Kenneth A. Fogash, Acting Associate Executive Director/CIO, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: March 20, 2003.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-7222 Filed 3-25-03; 8:45 am]