211 Department of External Affairs to Mr F. K. Officer, Charge d'Affaires in Japan

Cablegram unnumbered 30 November 1940,

Repeated to Washington No. 231 and Ottawa No. 64.

Commonwealth Government has prohibited exportation of scrap iron and steel to all destinations except British Empire as from 27th November for purpose of conserving supplies for National and Empire requirements. Release of official statement on this question undesirable but any enquiries could be answered in above terms.

[AA:A981, AUSTRALIA 90B, ii]