Your 23. 
Appreciate that in many respects it would be of value if Officer
 remained in London over Conference but in view of announcement
made both here and United Kingdom and wide interest aroused in
Australia as evidenced many leading articles on our advance in
foreign affairs, feel that there should be no undue delay in
assuming post. Moreover understand Hood  now conversant with
London end while Hodgson  with complete documentation on all
foreign questions is accompanying me.
Announcement has been made that Stirling  will take up London
appointment and he will most likely arrive London before
In view of above considerations you may wish to reconsider your
telegram No. 23. Glad early reply.
1 Document 7.
2 Major F. K. Officer, External Affairs Officer in London.
3 J. D. L. Hood, External Affairs Office, London.
4 Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs.
5 A. T. Stirling, Department of External Affairs.
[AA : A981, EA DEPT 152]