114 War Cabinet Minute
Minute 498 SYDNEY, 10 September 1940
(Previous reference-War Cabinet Minute No. (418) ).
(The Chief of the Naval Staff  was present for the discussion of this subject).
The Minister for External Affairs  brought to the notice of War Cabinet cablegram No. 182 of 9th September from the British Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides , regarding the plans of M.
Sautot  for his 'coup de force' at Noumea. Reference was also made to the comments of the High Commissioner for the Western Pacific  in his cablegram No. 273 of 10th September to the British Resident Commissioner on the latter's cablegram.
It was decided that the Commanding Officer of H.M.A.S. 'Adelaide'  is to be informed that it is to be clearly understood that the responsibility for proceeding to Noumea is a matter for M. Sautot himself, and the Commanding Officer is not to convey him there against his wishes.