99 Department of External Affairs to Mr A. T. Stirling, External Affairs Officer in London
Your 131.  Timor Oil. Understand that Staughton  still
retains staff on concession is expending limited money and that
Timor Government still accepts payment of fees.
Hence cannot quite appreciate statement that concession regarded
as dead. Staughton through two companies who have worked
concession has expended considerable sums in Timor and to short
circuit him now as suggested in favour of Pascoe who has not yet
demonstrated he can command the necessary financial backing seems
Propose therefore to inform Staughton of position so as to give
him opportunity of applying personally to new Governor  or of
making an arrangement with Pascoe to do so.
[AA : A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 22, ii]