WASHINGTON — In a move that is becoming standard practice in New York State’s review of large-bank merger applications, its Banking Department has requested detailed information about any subprime lending activities of Chase Manhattan Corp. and J.P. Morgan & Co.

In a Nov. 21 letter to Chase, Edward B. Kramer, New York’s deputy superintendent of banks, asked whether Chase, J.P. Morgan, or any of their subsidiaries have made subprime loans within the last two years.

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