Reference your cablegrams D.1018  and 363  and further to my
390.  Question of withdrawal of the United Kingdom Brigade from
B.C.O.F. has been considered by Cabinet  and in view of your
military manpower difficulties as indicated in your cablegrams the
Australian Government raises no objection to your proposals.
2. As stated in my cablegram 390 it will be necessary to take up
later with the Governments concerned the effect of the withdrawal
on the financial and other commitments of the Governments
participating in the B.C.O.F. arrangement. These aspects will
require detailed consideration in the first instance by J.C.O.S.A.
but as your proposals have not yet been referred to the Government
of India, which is represented on J.C.O.S.A. this action will not
be taken until receipt of further advice from you.
3. It is assumed that you will inform me in due course of the
result of the discussions with the United States Authorities in
order that we may seek the formal approval of the Government of
the United States in accordance with the MacArthur-Northcott
agreement. As stated in my cablegram 390, it will be necessary for
the Commander-in-Chief, B.C.O.F. to consult S.C.A.P. on the
consequential effect of the reduction of the strength of the
B.C.O.F. on the obligations accepted by the British Commonwealth
in the Allied occupation of Japan.