155 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 17 April 1940, 5.45 p.m.

Your telegram of 11th April. [1] Lothian's proposal [2] considered most urgent and of great importance. From enquiries I have made, Officer [3] regarded as only person with qualifications necessary to fill satisfactorily London position. [4]

BRUCE

1 Document 136.

2 See Document 131.

3 Counsellor at Australian Legation in Washington.

4 The copy of this cablegram on file AA: A1608, F33/1/5 was placed immediately behind a handwritten note reading: 'Saw Mr. Watt of EA who says that Minister for EA win discuss matter with PM as soon as possible.

EA have rec'd cables from Mr. Casey on this subject.' No further information on this proposal ha been found. Officer was not appointed to London.

[FA: A3195, 1.2532]