153 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Circular Cablegram B74 LONDON, 23 March 1938, 3.08 p.m.

SECRET IMMEDIATE

My Circular B. 73 of 23rd March. [1]

Following for Prime Minister:-

My immediately following telegram [2] contains text of Prime Minister's statement as provisionally approved at Cabinet this morning (Wednesday). There are passages still to be inserted relating to (a) rearmament and probably (b) Spain and (c) Anglo- Italian Conversations.

These will be telegraphed as soon as possible.

Text of the statement as now sent is subject to possible further amendment.

1 Document 150.

2 Document 154.

[AA: A981, GREAT BRITAIN 8B, ii]