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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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  -Mr. Stirling referred to the fact that it is a little difficult for the
British to take a position on our "must" list until they know what
other demands we are going to make with respect to products not
covered by the Ottawa agreements. He asked, therefore, that we
prepare the remainder of our schedule I and give it to them. This we
agreed to do.
  In the course of the discussion, it was made perfectly clear to the
British representatives that before announcement of contemplated
negotiations is made we must have an explicit reply from the United
Kingdom as to what- the United Kingdom is prepared to do for each
product on our "must" list. The British representatives admitted,
with some reluctance, that this would not delay an eventual agreement
since this would have to be done sometime, although it would delay
an announcement of intention.
  The British representatives indicated that in the light of their con-
versation with us they would probably telegraph London for further
  Mr. Hickerson said that the United States would bring up the
question of the United Kingdom's treatment of American films if
and when trade-agreement negotiations began. Mr. Chalkley said
that the British might ask reciprocal concessions on films.
Memorandum by the Chief of the Divi8ion of Trade Agreements
                                   [WASHINGTON,] July 23, 1937.
Conversation: Mr. H. 0. Chalkley, Commercial Counselor of the
                 British Embassy;
               Mr. John A. Stirling, British Board of Trade;
               Mr. Harry C. Hawkins;
               Mr. John D. Hickerson.
  In response to the inquiry made by Messrs. Chalkley and Stirling
on July 21, Mr. Chalkley was given by telephone the substance of
the statement approved by the Secretary this morning. This state-
ment was that after a satisfactory basis has been found for a trade
agreement with the United Kingdom, we would be glad to enter into
informal and confidential discussions with a view to finding a basis
for a supplementary trade agreement with Canada; but it should be
understood that such discussions would be confined to trade relations
between the United States and Canada and would not deal in any
way with the terms of our proposed trade agreement with the United

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