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304 Mr F. M. Forde, Deputy Prime Minister, to Lord Cranborne, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 81 [1] CANBERRA, 26 January 1942


Following for the Prime Minister [2] from the Prime Minister. [3]

With further reference to my telegram 74 [4] it is noted from
cablegram No. 45 from the New Zealand Government [5], which has
been repeated to us, that reference is made to Dominion membership
of the United Kingdom War Cabinet 'as this is in effect accorded
to Australia'.

2. We are, of course, unaware of the terms of your communication
to New Zealand, but we wish it to be quite clear that our request
in cablegram No. 68 [6] implied and meant full membership of the
United Kingdom War Cabinet with all rights and privileges unless
and until an Imperial War Cabinet is constituted.

3. We would be glad of early answer on Pacific Council scheme and
note that New Zealand Government seems to be in substantial
agreement with us.


1 Repeated to the N.Z. Prime Minister as no. 37.

2 Winston Churchill.

3 See editorial note before Document 294.

4 Document 298.

5 Dispatched 26 January. In PRO:DO 35/1010, iii.

6 Document 289.

[AA:A2680, 14/1942]
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