368 Department of External Affairs to Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States
Cablegram 427 27 March 1941,
Following from Commerce. Begins.
Prime Minister  is at Present discussing with British Government possible effects on Australian food exports of shipping developments and American Lend Lease programme. We are most disturbed at prospects for some of our major foodstuffs particularly meat, eggs, wheat and wheat products, and possible [sic] processed fruits. Minister for Commerce  desires Macgregor  remain in close touch with all economic developments United States resulting from Lend Lease programme and question arises whether we should appoint Macgregor as liaison officer with authority to enquire on our behalf on all economic aspects keeping closest touch with you at all stages. Page is anxious secure Macgregor's appointment this capacity without delay. Could you make necessary arrangements with State Department which will permit Macgregor commence personal contacts at once.  Ends.