22nd April, 1926
Dear Mr. Bruce,
Sir Sydney Henn  M.P., one of the representatives of the Crown Colonies upon the Imperial Economic Committee, told me that in the course of a discussion with Amery  on the future of the I.E.C., he had told to Amery that Mackinder  was an unsatisfactory Chairman. As Amery and Mackinder have been friends for many years it may be of considerable importance that a man such as Sir Sydney who is known to be reserved should have expressed this view to Amery.
The British Government is appointing Mr. F. M. Blundell  M.P.
to the I. E. C. to represent British Agriculture. He is a friend of mine and will I feel sure prove both a strong agricultural representative and still a good Empire man.
Mr. W. S. Crawford  the Advertising expert is resigning and I believe the Government is proposing to ask Mr. J. W. Hills  M.P., an ex-minister, to serve.
The Government also have in mind seeking the services of Lord Lovat in place of Sir Algernon Firth , in the Autumn. Whether this latter point is accurate or not I do not quite know.
Anyhow the other changes will substantially improve the poor British representation on the Committee.
I think these points will be of interest to you.
Yours sincerely, F. L. MCDOUGALL