124 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister
Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 11 February 1938, 6 p.m.
MOST SECRET HIMSELF
My most secret letter of 16th December.  Rearmament expenditure
now being considered by the United Kingdom Government in
connection with the forthcoming Budget. Think that it would be
most useful and helpful if you cable me a message to convey to the
Prime Minister , down the following lines-
'The High Commissioner has advised me personally of his
conversation with you in regard to rearmament. I desire to confirm
his statement that Australia will be prepared to co-operate with
the United Kingdom to the maximum extent of her power and
financial resources in any further defence preparation your
Government may decide is necessary for the defence of the Empire
in face of the serious international situation.'
As the matter is urgent earliest possible reply is desirable.
[AA : A463, 57/1535]