75 Sir Earle Page, Special Representative en route to the United Kingdom, to Mr A. W. Fadden, Prime Minister
Cablegram unnumbered SINGAPORE, 1 October 1941, 4.23 p.m.
PERSONAL FOR FADDEN SECRET
Attended conference 29th with Duff Cooper , the Governor of the Straits Settlements , Service Chiefs and Diplomatic representatives to Eastern countries, to consider primarily Far Eastern Defence Measures which might act as a deterrent to the Japanese. The Commander-inChief  cabling the United Kingdom Government in these terms:-
'The emphatic opinion of the meeting was that only real deterrent to further Japanese aggression would be a British fleet based at Singapore and in the absence of this fleet there is little doubt that Japan will be able to strike at her selected moment. We feel sure that everything is being done to make provision for this requirement as soon as ships can be spared from other theatres which at the moment are active but we would stress the propaganda value of even one or two battleships at Singapore.' 
Spirited cable from the Australian Government to Churchill within the next week would help greatly. Bruce should be informed that this cable has gone forward.  Local measures suggested were of interest to us and I am writing fully about them. 
Owing to American Clipper engine breakdown at Guam am now leaving Singapore Saturday; will probably fly across America in order to keep engagements arranged Washington.