416 Australian Government to Commonwealth Relations Office

Cablegram 42, CANBERRA, 16 March 1949, 4.15 p.m.

CONFIDENTIAL

Gentlemen's Agreement.

Your telegram No.24 of 1st March, 1949, replying to our 23 of 9th February.

In view of interpretation given in your telegram under reply, the Commonwealth Government accepts the text of the Gentlemen's Agreement proposed by your Delegation to the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee on Trade and Employment and incorporated in the minutes of the Commonwealth meeting held on 10th October,1947.

This agreement is, however, conditional upon formal confirmation of understanding re Australia's obligations under the United Kingdom - Australia Agreement, mentioned in paragraph 6 of our telegram No.23.

[AA : A571, 44/1109, XV]