284 Mr R.G. Menzies, Prime Minister, to Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London
Cablegram unnumbered (extract) 11 October 1939,
Last portion of my telegram 5th October  referred to our desire deal with representatives of friendly neutrals. So far only neutral country specifically mentioned between us and the United Kingdom Government is Japan and following the favourable re-action of the United Kingdom Government to our early cables Central Wool Committee have appointed Japanese appraisers to deal with Wool Committee in regard to wools which will be allotted to Japan from time to time. Consul-General, Italy, now expressing perturbation that no Italian appraisers appointed and was under mistaken impression that Italian buyers discriminated against.  Glad if you can immediately secure understanding with the United Kingdom Government that we may deal with appraisers of neutral nationalities to whom wool is allotted. Please ascertain also if United Kingdom Government proposes to allot wool to Italy.