224 Sir Earle Page, Minister for Commerce, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 26 June 1938, 10.32 p.m.

Your telegram 25th June. [1] Have seen telegram from the Ambassador at Tokyo [2] to the Foreign Office giving outline of the contents of aide memoire handed to Lloyd [3], also telegram giving summary of Ambassador's conversation with Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. [4] We concur in the arguments used by the Ambassador and unanimously consider that the Government should adhere to its decision and proceed with the regulation prohibiting the exportation of iron ore.

1 Not printed (see AA : A1608, C47/1/4, iv). It asked the Australian Ministers in London (Page, R. G. Menzies, and T. W.

White) to see and, if they wished, to comment on Document 222.

2 Sir Robert Craigie.

3 E. E. Longfield Lloyd, Australian Government Commissioner in Tokyo.

4 Document 223.

[AA : A981, AUSTRALIA 90]