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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549-0004.

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Rule 3 and Form U-3A3-1, SEC File No.270-77, OMB Control No. 3235-0160.

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 matters relating to the previously approved collections of information discussed below.

Form U-3A3-1, [17 CFR 259.403] under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (“Act”), 15 U.S.C. 79, et seq., is an application for exemption from regulation, under Rule 3 of the Act, filed annually by banks that are incidentally public utility holding companies by virtue of holding utility securities in their capacity as a bank.

Rule 3 requires the information collection prescribed by Form U-3A3-1. The Commission estimates that the total annual reporting and record keeping burden of collections for Form U-3A3-1 is 10 hours (5 responses × 2 hours = 10 hours).

The estimate of average burden hours are made for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act and are not derived from a comprehensive or representative survey or study of the costs of complying with the requirements of Commission rules and forms.

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.

Please direct general comments regarding the above information 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) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: February 13, 2004.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 04-3944 Filed 2-23-04; 8:45 am]

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