300.115(39) Benecke, Alexander/5: Telegram

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

1083. The Department is beginning to receive petitions for assistance in connection with three classes of shipments and proposed shipments from Germany, namely; first, goods fully paid for; second, goods partly paid for; third, goods on order but not yet paid for or shipped. At least two such inquiries already received state that unless [Page 794] the commodities so ordered can be procured, the concerns in question will be required to go out of business. Please ascertain from the appropriate authorities what the basic policy of the British Government is with respect to shipments originating in Germany but destined for use and consumption in the United States in each of the three classes above-mentioned.