Cablegram 158A LONDON, 14 November 1944, 7.12 p.m.
Addressed to the Prime Minister. Civil Affairs.
My telegram 131 of 27th October. 
The United Kingdom authorities last night produced a long Aide-
Memoire which they describe as 'result of prolonged inter-
departmental consideration of proposals of Commonwealth
Government'. (The full text has been sent to you by air mail bag
to-day, External Affairs Despatch S.200. )
I went this morning to a meeting for a preliminary discussion of
the Aide-Memoire but I took the line that they must wait for your
considered reply. Meanwhile I rubbed it in that our great concern
was the maintenance of British prestige in the Pacific and that we
felt there was a grave danger of this slipping back. It was
absolutely essential that machinery should be set up in order to
avoid developments which might prejudice final settlement in the