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

Cablegram unnumbered LONDON, 7 November 1938, 6.14 p.m.


Since our telephone conversation [1] I have exhaustively discussed
with the First Lord of the Admiralty [2] the question of a capital
ship in Eastern waters and have put forward a formal request that
the British Government should give to Australia a private
undertaking that as soon as the King George class begins to come
to hand a capital ship will be allocated to Eastern waters and
should be available for and should spend a reasonable amount of
time in Australian waters.

Present position is that the matter is now under consideration at
the Admiralty and the First Lord has promised a reply within the
next few days. [3]


1 No record of the substance of this conversation has been found.

2 Earl Stanhope.

3 In an unnumbered cablegram dated 25 November 1938, received 26
November, Bruce told Lyons that the First Lord had promised 'to
let me have reply early next week' to the request (see AA : A1068,

[AA : A1608, N51/1/6]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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