File No. 103.94/413

The Ambassador in France ( Sharp) to the Secretary of State


5054. For Baruch from Summers:

Further conferences indicate War Department are willing to submit programme to Munitions Council and programme committees. Feel this will result in a scaling down of the requirements for steel and explosives as these are so bitterly criticised by both French and English representatives. There is increasing evidence of necessity for scanning Allied requirements and ascertaining uses to which allocation of steel is being put. We should also perfect the organization of programme committees so there will follow the [Page 607] allocation of materials the Governments are producing. Am arranging a permanent organization of War Industries Board in Paris-Have you talked with Anderson? Would appreciate your suggestions.