396 Prime Minister's Department to Mr S.M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London

Cablegram unnumbered 30 November 1939,

My telegram 23rd November, League of Nations.' Commonwealth Government desires McDougall [2] express views to Fourth Committee along lines indicated in my telegram of 21st October, 1939 [3], and especially to include the following points:-

Commonwealth Government has examined Revised League Budget 1940.

While appreciative of efforts made to curtail League expenditure by reduction 33 1/3%, Australia will obtain no actual benefit owing to exchange situation and effect of withdrawals by certain countries from membership of League. Commonwealth Government feels bound, therefore, in existing war circumstances to insist upon further substantial reduction in proposed League expenditure for 1940, especially in connection with League Secretariat and political activities.

1 Not printed (on file AA: A98i, L of N, 20th Assembly 3).

2 F.L. McDougall, economic adviser to the High Commissioner in London and Australian representative on the Fourth Committee (finance) of the Nineteenth Assembly of the League of Nations.

3 Document 304.

[AA: A981, L OF N, 20TH ASSEMBLY 3]