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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
(1937)

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UNITED KINGDOM
411.4131/540: Telegram
  The Charge in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary
                            of State
                               LONDON, December 9, 1937-6 p. m.
                               [Received December 9-2: 47 p. m.]
  761. 1. Beale of the Tariff Commission has arrived.
  2. At lunch today Overton informed us that he would be in charge
of the British delegation for trade agreement negotiations. Stirling,
Norman Archer from the Dominions office and an expert on British
tariff together with clerks would complete the delegation, totalling
12 persons. The time of its arrival in Washington is contingent upon
the date on which actual negotiations can start.
  3. Overton has mailed Chalkley a preliminary list of British re-
quests which may be supplemented later. He has in mind the de-
sirability of getting a full list of requests before you by December 23.
  4. When the subject of the relation of British colonies to the forth-
coming negotiations was broached, Overton remarked that the British
delegation was not preparing itself to discuss concessions on United
States products entering colonies. It has occurred to us that, if the
State Department were considering including the colonies in the
negotiations, it might save time if that subject matter were now taken
up with Chalkley so that the delegation would be in a position to
discuss the matter when negotiations begin.
                                                         JOHNSON
841.4061 Motion Pictures/70: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Charge in the United Kingdom
                            (Johnson)
                            WASHINGTON, December 10, 1937-noon.
  483. Department's 468, November 29, 7 p. m. Mr. Hays came in to
see me today and explained to me again the very serious view which
the industry takes with regard to British film proposals now or per-
haps soon to be placed before Parliament. Furthermore Mr. Hays
told me of the difficulties he is experiencing in keeping the industry
from embarking upon a press and film campaign which would bring
out the true facts involved in this whole situation. Of course we
realize that once a campaign were launched even the industry itself
would have no control over the extent to which it might be taken
up by opponents to this trade agreement program and others. From
the standpoint of treatment at all fair, I am much impressed with the
seriousness of the present threat to the American motion picture in-
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