249 Department of External Affairs to Evatt
Cablegram A100 CANBERRA, 17 May 1946
F.E.C. Basic Policy. 
1. Please see our telegram to Washington repeated to you.  Steering Committee on 16th April postponed consideration of Basic Policy Paper at request of U.S.S.R. member. Our F.E.C. delegation requested our views on United States amendments and these have been formulated (see below). At Steering Committee on 14th May Sansom  proposed that F.E.C. should not consider Basic Policy Paper because he felt that with committees now working on specific subjects Commission policy was thus being defined. U.S.S.R. on 13th May submitted 18 amendments and seem inclined to consider Basic Policy. We have asked delegation to cable Soviet amendments.
Most members will probably ask for Basic Policy to be considered by Steering Committee. This is the course we have so far supported and we assume you still desire it. As matter will come before Steering Committee on 21st May glad of your urgent confirmation to Washington and Canberra.
2. We had prepared a telegram on U.S. amendments for your consideration as basis for instructions to F.E.C. delegation. We are now holding this pending consideration of Soviet proposals.