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Upon Written Request, Copy Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Assistance, Washington, DC 20549-0213.


Form S-6; SEC File No. 270-181; OMB Control No. 3235-0184.

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”) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for extension and approval.

The title for the collection of information is “Form S-6 (17 CFR 239.16), for Registration under the Securities Act of 1933 of Securities of Unit Investment Trusts Registered on Form N-8B-2 (17 CFR 274.13).” Unit investment trusts offering their securities to the public are required by two separate statutes to file registration statements with the Commission. They are required to register their securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) (“Securities Act”), and to register as investment companies under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) (“Investment Company Act”).

Form S-6 is used for registration under the Securities Act of the securities of any unit investment trust that is registered under the Investment Start Printed Page 41533Company Act on Form N-8B-2.[1] A separate registration statement under the Securities Act must be filed for each series of units issued by the trust. Form S-6 consists of, among other things, a prospectus, certain written consents, an undertaking to file supplementary information, and certain exhibits containing financial and other information required in the registration statement but not required to appear in the prospectus.

Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (15 U.S.C. 77j(a)(3)) provides, in pertinent part, that when a prospectus is used more than nine months after the effective date of the registration statement, the information contained therein shall be as of a date not more than sixteen months prior to such use. As a result, most unit investment trusts that are registered under the Investment Company Act on Form N-8B-2 update their registration statements on Form S-6 on an annual basis so that their sponsors may continue to maintain a secondary market in the units.

The purpose of the registration statement on Form S-6 is to provide disclosure of financial and other information that investors may use to make informed decisions regarding the merits of the securities offered for sale. To that end, unit investment trusts that are registered under the Investment Company Act on Form N-8B-2 must furnish to investors a prospectus containing pertinent information set forth in the registration statement. The Commission reviews registration statements filed on Form S-6 to ensure adequate disclosure is made to investors.

The Commission estimates that each year unit investment trusts file approximately 1,353 Forms S-6. It is estimated that preparing Form S-6 requires a unit investment trust to spend approximately 35 hours so that the total burden of preparing Form S-6 for all affected unit investment trusts is 47,355 hours. Estimates of average burden hours are made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and are not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules and forms.

The collection of information on Form S-6 is mandatory. The information provided on Form S-6 is not kept confidential. 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 OMB control number.

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

Please direct your written comments to R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312; or send an e-mail to:

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Dated: July 23, 2007.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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1.  Form N-8B-2 is the form used by unit investment trusts to register as investment companies under the Investment Company Act (except for unit investment trusts that are insurance company separate accounts issuing variable annuity or variable life insurance contracts, which instead register on Form N-4 and Form N-6, respectively). The form requires that certain material information about the trust, its sponsor, its trustees, and its operation be disclosed. The registration on Form N-8B-2 is a one-time filing that applies to the first series of the unit investment trust as well as any subsequent series that is issued by the sponsor.

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[FR Doc. E7-14629 Filed 7-27-07; 8:45 am]