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106 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 16 November 1937, 5.58 p.m.


Your telegram of 15th November [1]: I have made it clear at
Brussels that, while authorised to co-operate to the maximum
extent in the work of the Conference, I could not agree to any
commitment until I had consulted my Government. The draft
declaration discussed at the meeting last Saturday [2] and
approved at the meeting on Monday [3] when subsequently issued to
the Press, contained no commitment other than the undertaking to
consider the common attitude embodied in the last paragraph.

Taking this view I did not ask for your authority of approval but
my telegram on Saturday last embodied the full text of the last
paragraph in case you desired to make any observations before the
draft declaration was approved on Monday. You can rest assured
that before I assent to any course involving action you will be


1 Document 105.

2 13 November 1937. See Document 104.

3 15 November 1937.

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