In Singapore yesterday the Prime Minister and I discussed with Lord Louis Mountbatten the situation in the Netherlands East Indies. I consider it most important that Dutch-Indonesian agreement  should not be finalised without some definite understanding as to the use by British forces of such bases as Sourabaya, Koepang, etc.
2. I also discussed the situation disclosed in the meeting of the food conference  under Lord Killearn. I am impressed by the seriousness of the food situation in South East Asia caused by drastic reduction by the Combined Food Board in allocations to this area and think you should assure yourself that this reduction is not unduly drastic compared to cuts in, for example, the allocation to U.N.R.R.A.