137 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr N. Chamberlain, U.K. Prime Minister
Cablegram unnumbered 16 March 1938,
I am very grateful for your telegram of 11th March  conveying
to me the text of your speech on defence and your supplementary
remarks thereon which are indeed very helpful. The Press generally
are cooperating in an endeavour to put the matter clearly before
the public but they ask for assistance in clarifying some
statements contained your telegram which lack definiteness. For
instance, it would help if you could oblige by amplifying the
phrase begins 'the idea that in the event of war we may not depend
on the defences of our overseas possessions is entirely false'.
Your advice on this would be much appreciated.
I will await with interest the full account of your future
programme of defence expenditure which you are sending to me.
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