841.731/2183: Telegram

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

2433. My 2050, October 16, 1 p.m., and Department’s 1245, October 18, 7 p.m. The censorship department of the General Post Office has informed me that a notice will be broadcast this evening and published tomorrow that the use of the commercial codes mentioned in my 2050 will be authorized shortly. It was stated confidentially that the new regulations will be effective in about 2 or 3 weeks, the exact date to be announced later. I have been pressing strongly for inclusion of the Acme Code in this list but the authorities tell me that they regret that it is not possible to give any authorization at the present time for any others than the ones named. I have been encouraged to believe, however, that favorable consideration may be given later to inclusion of the Acme Code.

The Acme Code is not the only code which for various reasons the telegraph censorship does not feel it necessary to authorize at present, and an official said there are three or four British code firms who have been put entirely out of business as a result of the new censorship regulations.

The Embassy will continue to press the matter of the Acme Code and will keep the Department advised.