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

Extension: Rule 425, OMB Control No. 3235-0521, SEC File No. 270-462.

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 collection of information discussed below.

Securities Act Rule 425 (OMB Control No. 3235-0521; SEC File No. 270-462) requires the filing of certain prospectuses and communications under Rules 135 and 165 in connection with business combination transactions. The purpose of the rule is to relax existing restrictions on oral and written communications with shareholders about tender offers, mergers and other business combination transactions by permitting the dissemination of more information on a timely basis as long as the written communications are filed on the date of first use. The information provided under Rule 425 is made available to the public upon request. Also, the information provided under Rule 425 is mandatory. Approximately 2,000 issuers file communications under Rule 425 at an estimated .25 hours per response for a total of 500 annual burden hours.

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 by sending an e-mail to: David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov.; and (ii) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Comments must Start Printed Page 1914be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: January 5, 2005.

Jill M. Peterson,

Assistant Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 05-463 Filed 1-10-05; 8:45 am]

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