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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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

Extension: Form F-9; OMB Control No. 3235-0377; SEC File No. 270-333.

Form F-10; OMB Control No. 3235-0380; SEC File No. 270-334.

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 requests for extension of the previously approved collections of information discussed below.

Form F-9 is a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 that is used to register investment grade debt or investment grade preferred securities that are offered for cash or in connection with an exchange offer and either non-convertible or not convertible for a period of at least one year from the date of issuance and, except as noted in paragraph (E), are thereafter only convertible into a security of another class of the issuer. The purpose of the information collection is to permit verification of compliance with securities law requirements and to assure the public availability and dissemination of such information. The principal function of the Commission's forms and rules under the securities laws' disclosure provisions is to make information available to the investors. Approximately 18 respondents file Form F-9 annually and at 25 hours per response for a total of 450 annual burden hours. It is estimated that 25% of the 450 annual burden hours (113 burden hours) is prepared by the company. Form F-9 is a public document. All information provided is mandatory. Finally, persons who respond to the collection of information contained in Form F-9 are not required to respond unless the form displays a currently valid control number.

Form F-10 is a registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 that is used by certain Canadian “substantial issuers”—those issuers with at least 36 calendar months of reporting history with a securities commission in Canada and a market value of common stock of at least $360 million (Canadian) and an aggregate market value of common stock held by non-affiliates of at least $75 million (Canadian). The purpose of the information collection is to facilitate cross-border offerings by specified Canadian issuers. Approximately 25 respondents file Form F-10 annually and at approximately 25 hours per response for a total of 625 annual burden hours. It is estimated that 25% of the 625 total burden hours (156 burden hours) is prepared by the company. Form F-10 is a public document. All information provided is mandatory. Finally, persons who respond to the collection of information contained in Form F-10 are not required to respond unless the form displays a currently valid control number.

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 10102, 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: April 11, 2003.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-9589 Filed 4-17-03; 8:45 am]

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