13 Lt Col W.R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs, to External Affairs Office, London

Cablegram 6 27 January 1939,

General Act. With reference to Dominions Office Circular F. No. 1 of 12th January [1] no decision can be given from here until Cabinet meeting of 7th February. [2] You could however intimate informally that Minister [3] recommends Cabinet will be against denunciation.

HODGSON

1 Not printed. See Document 7, paragraph 18. A further request for a prompt Australian reply was received in a letter from the U.K. High Commissioner to Australia, Sir Geoffrey Whiskard, to the Prime Minister, J.A. Lyons, dated 27 January 1939 (file AA: A981, Disarmament 46).

2 See Document 7, note 4.

3 W.M. Hughes, Minister for External Affairs.

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