500.A15A4 Steering Committee/50: Telegram

The American Delegate (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

381. My 379, September 21, 8 p.m. Bureau concluded its procedure discussion today and adjourned until early next week as Council convenes tomorrow.

Following three types of procedure decided upon for the various questions:

Separate rapporteurs who would sound out delegations and report to Bureau as basis for discussion arranged in two instances;
Preliminary report for President of Chemical and Bacteriological Commission to precede Bureau discussion.
Committees were set up for question of manufacture and trade in arms and in the case of effectives.

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Committee in the latter instance is to consist of political representatives of all members of the Bureau who will write their own terms of reference, in accordance with my suggestion (see my 379).

Upon inquiry regarding naval armaments Sir John Simon stated after consultation with me that while there was nothing to report at present he hoped that negotiations would shortly commence of which the Bureau would be kept informed.