500.A15A4 Steering Committee/556: Telegram
The Minister in Switzerland ( Wilson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 7:30 p.m.]
1083. Stevenson39 under instructions from Eden called today to show me draft of what Cranborne will say in the Bureau. While showing frank skepticism of any practical results, the speech advocates in lukewarm terms that the Bureau request the Secretary General to send the draft of convention on budgetary publicity to the members of the Disarmament Conference “past and [present]” and ask them whether they are ready to accept the principle and put into force a convention on those lines.
I had talked to Massigli last night and had gathered the impression that the
French program was not yet definite. Stevenson, however, [Page 18] tells me the French delegation met this morning
and determined upon the advocacy of program which he summarized as follows:
I then showed Stevenson our text. After reading it he said that he wished heartily that the British delegation could do exactly the same thing. There was little pressure on the British Government to urge any steps in disarmament at the time. Unfortunately, however, their representative in the Third Committee last September had spoken about publicity or budgetary expenditure and they were reluctant to seem to recede from a position which they had taken publicly. Nevertheless, he said he was going to talk to Eden as to the possibility of modifying their speech to harmonize more with our ideas.
- Ralph C. S. Stevenson, Acting Counselor, British Foreign Office.↩