277 Mr A. Eden, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government

Circular Cablegram D32 LONDON, 10 October 1939, 1.18 a.m.

MOST SECRET

My immediately following telegram 33 [1] contains draft of text of statement which the Prime Minister [2] proposes to make in reply to Herr Hitler's peace offer contained in his speech on 6th October. [3] Present intention is that, if practicable, statement should be made in Parliament here on Wednesday, 11th October, at about 3.45 p.m.

Should be grateful if any comments on this draft could be telegraphed at the earliest possible moment. We are in consultation with the French Government also.

1 Document 278.

2 Neville Chamberlain.

3 See Document 267, note 1.

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