180 Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, to Commonwealth Government
Your telegram 5th April, No. 37 
The following is the text of two notes in question which were
delivered to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs  by His
Majesty's Ambassador at Berlin  on April 2nd.
The first note:-
I have the honour, on the instructions of His Majesty's principal
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs , to inform Your
Excellency that His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom
have decided to withdraw His Majesty's Legation from Vienna and
replace it by a Consulate General. It is hoped to effect this
change about April 15th and Mr D. St C. Gainer, C.M.G., O.B.E., at
present His Majesty's Consul-General in Munich, has been selected
for the post of His Majesty's Consul-General in Vienna.
In these circumstances I have the honour to request that an
exequatur may be granted to Mr Gainer in his new capacity, and for
this purpose I enclose his commission of appointment herewith.'
With reference to my note of today's date notifying the German
Government of the decision of His Majesty's Government in the
United Kingdom to replace His Majesty's Legation at Vienna by a
Consulate General, I have the honour, under instructions of His
Majesty's principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, to
inform you in this connection that Ms Majesty's Government in the
United Kingdom naturally reserve their position in regard to
questions relating to treaties and other matters which will arise
in consequence of the "disappearance of Austria as a sovereign
I shall have the honour in due course to address a further
communication to Your Excellency on these matters.'
[AA : A981, AUSTRIA 17, ii]