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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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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
dustry in Great Britain. I have felt it necessary to call in the British
Ambassador and again lay this whole situation before him. I have
impressed upon him the fact that we are now on the eve of trade
agreement negotiations, the importance of which cannot be over-
emphasized and that such negotiations cannot but be limited if either
government should take irrevocable action involving items of trade
which are certain to come under discussion during the negotiations.
This is the more important when there is involved an item of such
outstanding importance as motion pictures.
  You will please call at the Foreign Office and state that you have
been instructed to inform the British Government orally that I have
felt it necessary to speak to the British Ambassador here in the sense
indicated above. You should at the same time reiterate the position set
forth in the Department's telegram under reference.
                                                            HUILL
841.4061 Motion Pictures/81: Telegram
   The Charge in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary
                             of State
                               LONDON, December 11, 1937-2 p. m.
                               [Received December 11-11: 25 a. m.]
  766. Department's 483, December 10, noon. There seems to be
some misconception in Mr. Hays' mind of the actual state of affairs
here with respect to the films bill. The bill has gone to committee
after second reading. The committee is considering the many amend-
ments presented. So far no amendment detrimental to the American
industry has been adopted although some have been rejected.
  Both Williamson 94 and Allport have talked with Brown. The
former has impressed upon him the seriousness with which we would
view the enactment of legislation carrying more restrictions than are
provided for by the present act. Allport has submitted to Brown
five suggested amendments which, if accepted, would more than satisfy
the industry. Brown has promised to put the whole matter up to
Stanley who can control to a large extent the pattern of the new bill.
All indications at present point to the probability that the bill will
emerge from the committee in a form not detrimental to the American
industry; in other words the sum of the restrictions in the new bill
will probably not be greater than the sum of the restrictions in the
old bill. Moreover, if a substantial part of Allport's recommenda-
tions is enacted the industry will be better off than at present.
  Because the act of 1927 expires this year it is not to be hoped that
no legislation to replace it will be enacted at the present time. As a
'David Williamson, Second Secretary of Embassy in the United Kingdom.
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