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Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Rule 12h-3

June 26, 2008

Response of the Office of Chief Counsel
Division of Corporation Finance


Barclays (Netherlands) N.V
Incoming letter dated June 26, 2008

Based on the facts presented, it is the Division's view that the effectiveness of Barclays (Netherlands)'s registration statement on Form F-4 during the fiscal year ending December 31, 2007 would not preclude Barclays (Netherlands) from utilizing Rule 12h-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In reaching this position, we particularly note that no securities were sold pursuant to the registration statement and Barclays (Netherlands) has withdrawn the registration statement and the post-effective amendments to the registration statement pursuant to Rule 477 under the Securities Act of 1933.

This position is based on the representations made to the Division in your letter. Any different facts or conditions might require the Division to reach a different conclusion. Further, this response expresses the Division's position on enforcement action only and does not express any legal conclusion on the question presented.


Ted Yu
Special Counsel

Incoming Letter:

The Incoming Letter is in Acrobat format.


Modified: 06/27/2008