9th November, 1927
PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL
My dear Prime Minister,
SIR ALFRED MOND'S  SPEECH
In my last letter I forwarded to you a newspaper report of Sir Alfred Mond's speech on the Empire economic unit. I have now received from Mond a verbatim report of his speech which I am enclosing as you may find it valuable to have on record the whole of this rather important utterance. 
IMPERIAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE
At the conclusion of a meeting of the Empire Marketing Board held on Thursday last, Lord Bledisloe  came and told me, in a very confidential way, that the British Government had received a most appreciative cable from the Canadian Government on the success of the Imperial Agricultural Research Conference. He said that he very much hoped that some message would be received from Australia, as it would make considerable difference to him should this be the case.
There can be no doubt that the Conference was a great success and I therefore sent you a cable on Friday informing you of Canada's action and indicating that the Chairman of the Conference, Lord Bledisloe, would very much appreciate any similar action that you might feel disposed to take.
COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT'S SCIENTIFIC POLICY
It occurred to me some weeks ago that before Julius  leaves England, an opportunity might be made to try to get Lord Balfour  to make a public speech in which he paid a tribute to the action of the Commonwealth Government in establishing the Commonwealth Council for Scientific & Industrial Research.
I discussed this matter with the High Commissioner , who keenly approved of the idea and suggested that it might be combined with the first dinner at his new official residence. I therefore asked Major Walter Elliot  to try to secure Lord Balfour for such an occasion.
Elliot telephoned me to-day to say that he had obtained Lord Balfour's consent and I therefore hope that, about the 15th December, the High Commissioner will entertain a party of about 20 important men including Lord Balfour and that Lord Balfour will make it an occasion for a speech which should be really useful in Australia. I enclose a copy of a letter which I have just sent to Lord Balfour on this subject.
L. HADEN GUEST 
Dr. Haden Guest has just paid a visit to Canada and is about to leave this country for a flying visit to Australia. He is doing journalistic work at the moment but intends to return to politics at the earliest opportunity. At the present time he feels that personal contact with leading people in the Dominions will be extremely useful.
I think you will find it worth while to see Guest, although his significance is much less since he left the Labour Party. 
SIR ARNOLD THEILER  AND DR. ORR 
Both Julius and myself are extremely anxious to obtain from Australia definite confirmation of Australia's approval of the proposed visit of these two distinguished scientific men.
Theiler's reputation is, as I have already told you, quite firstclass and Orr is, I think, the best practical expert on Animal Nutrition in the British Empire.
People on this side have been extremely good in putting themselves out in releasing both Theiler and Orr in order to help Australia and any delay or hesitation on the part of Australia in supporting Julius' recommendations in this matter will have rather an unfortunate effect. Urgency in the matter arises because both men must leave England in early January if they are to undertake the mission. I am writing this because it is quite likely that I may feel it necessary to cable you again in the course of the next two or three days if Julius does not receive a definite reply from Australia on the matter at once.
EMPIRE MARKETING BOARD AND PUBLICITY
I am enclosing a 'pull' of what I regard as a very effective advertisement which is at the present moment appearing in the British press.  In about three weeks' time a special statistical poster, worked up by an artist from a design which I produced over one weekend, will be decorating the whole of the E.M.B. special frames throughout Great Britain. I shall see that a special copy is sent to you for your inspection, because I feel sure that you will find it both interesting and effective.
I am enclosing a cutting from the 'Manchester Guardian' giving an account of a lecture by Professor Zimmern , which I think may not have reached you from other sources and which is of distinct interest.
Yours sincerely, F. L. MCDOUGALL