96 Sir Walford Selby, U.K. Ambassador to Portugal, to Commonwealth Government
Cablegram unnumbered LISBON, 31 May 1939, 11.59 a.m.
Your telegram of 25th May.  Minister for Colonies  informed the Commercial Secretary of this Embassy  on 26th May that he intended to arrive at a decision regarding the Timor Oil concessions before leaving with the President of the Republic  for Mozambique on June 20th. He added that it would not be possible to give Mr Dodson  the whole area he had asked for. The Commercial Secretary considers that he will give him the area covered by the old Staughton concession  and that Wittouck  has certain rights which cannot easily be rescinded.