Cablegrams 428, 307 CANBERRA, 31 December 1946, 2.25 p.m.
Your telegram D No.1195.  I note that in order to have British
troops available to meet an emergency in the Far East you have
authorised the commencement of the move of the United Kingdom
Brigade from Japan.
2. You will be aware that paragraph 3(B) of the MacArthur-
Northcott agreement reads-
'It is understood that the British Commonwealth Force may be
withdrawn wholly or in part upon agreement between the Governments
of the United States and Australia or upon six months notice by
In your D.1018  you advised that it was hoped to arrange the
withdrawal of the Brigade by mutual agreement with the United
States Government and in your 378  advice was promised of any
further progress made in the informal discussions between the
United Kingdom and the United States authorities. We have not been
informed of the results of these discussions which as indicated in
my 404  we are awaiting before seeking, on behalf of the
British Commonwealth Governments concerned, the formal approval of
the United States Government.
3. Following advice on a service level from London, J.C.O.S.A.
have instructed the Commander-in-Chief, B.C.O.F., to make
necessary preparations for the movement of the Brigade when
shipping can be made available. Unless, however, the matter has
already been cleared directly between United Kingdom and United
States Governments it would appear that the Australian Government
might be placed in an embarrassing position in relation to the
United States Government if any United Kingdom Forces a-re moved
from Japan before the procedure prescribed in the MacArthur-
Northcott agreement has been complied with.
4. Would appreciate further advice on this aspect as early as