841.4061 Motion Pictures/114: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy)

113. From Hawkins and Hickerson. Many thanks for your excellent and helpful telegram no. 211, March 14, 6 p.m.

Hays telephoned this morning that a surprise amendment was introduced in the House of Lords today by Lord Moyne, and passed, raising the percentage for the renters’ quota from 15 percent to 20 percent for the first 2 years. We know that it is unnecessary for us to tell you that this amendment would completely ruin the whole situation. We hope that you will at once see Stanley, Halifax and, if necessary, the Prime Minister and urge in the strongest terms possible that this amendment be deleted. We are taking this up along similar lines with Overton. [Hawkins and Hickerson.]