Savingram unnumbered LISBON, [19 July 1939 ]
Received 1 August 1939
Your telegram of 18th July.  I interviewed Secretary-General  at Ministry for Foreign Affairs today and explained that the Minister for the Colonies  before leaving for Africa with the President of the Republic  had assured His Majesty's Ambassador  that he had authorized his substitute at the Ministry of Colonies to dispose of Oil Search application for concession in Timor; I understand that the Departmental experts concerned were in favour of the application being granted and I would therefore be grateful if the desire of the Australian Government to see this matter concluded could be represented to the Ministry of Colonies.
Monsieur Sanpaio [sic] said that he would see what he could do; he also alluded to the fact that no steps had ever been taken to develop the Staughton concessions. I assured him that in this case there were no grounds for thinking that if the concession were granted it would not be promptly exploited.