841.4061 Motion Pictures/101: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

112. Your 58, February 5, 5 p.m. I made further representations at the Foreign Office yesterday in terms as strong as I could, pressing for a favorable reply to my memorandum and representations of February 2 (see Embassy’s 90, February 3, 5 p.m.). In particular I pointed out the question of principle involved, namely that the proposed trade agreement envisaged a lessening of restrictions and that the films bill on the very eve of these negotiations actually imposes additional restrictions on an important American commodity. I inquired whether the question of this issue of principle had been brought to the attention of the Prime Minister.17

I was told that a reply to the memorandum of February 2 was on its way to us and that my further representations would be conveyed to the appropriate quarters. This reply has not been received nor [Page 15]any answer to my suggestion for an interview with Mr. Stanley. If no reply is received by tomorrow afternoon I will make further inquiry.

  1. Neville Chamberlain.