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

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Form U-7D, SEC File No. 270-75, OMB Control No. 3235-0165.

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

Form U-7D is used to file the certificate required by rule 7(D)(5) (17 CFR 250.7), under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (“Act”) 15 U.S.C. 79 et seq., to establish the exempt status of financing entities which own assets leased to electric or gas utility companies for the use in the lessee's utility business. Unless it claims the exemption authorized by those sections and provides sufficient information to meet the statutory tests for the exemption, such financing company would meet the statutory definition of electric or gas utility company, under section 2(a)(3) (“electric”) or section 2(a)(4) (“gas”) of the Act, and such financing company would consequently be subject to regulation under the Act. Without the information provided on Form U-7D, the Commission would not have adequate access to the data used to establish that the filing company meets the requirements for exemption.

Respondents to the request for information in Form U-7D are registered public utility holding companies and their financing subsidiaries. Respondents must file a Form U-7D in order to receive exempt status. We estimate the average time to prepare the information required by Form U-7D at 3 hours per response based on our informal questioning selected respondents. Since there are approximately 8 respondents who file each year, the total annual respondent reporting burden is 24 hours at $115 per hour. There is no possibility of unwarranted disclosure because these are public documents and there are no questions of a sensitive nature.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it 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: October 13, 2003.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-26708 Filed 10-22-03; 8:45 am]

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