The British Ambassador (Lothian) to the Secretary of State

No. 315

In a communication which he handed to the Under Secretary of State on November 30, 1939,22 His Majesty’s Ambassador informed the State Department that H. M. Government in the United Kingdom and the French Government had appointed an Anglo-French Purchasing Board in the United States, of which Mr. Arthur B. Purvis would be Chairman and M. Bloch-Lainé, Vice-Chairman.

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Lord Lothian has now the honour to inform the State Department that in consequence of the Franco-German armistice,22a the Anglo-French Purchasing Board has been dissolved as from July 5th.

The British Purchasing Commission, of which Mr. Purvis is Director-General, will continue with headquarters at 15 Broad Street, New York.

  1. Foreign Relations, 1939, vol. i, p. 571.
  2. For text of the armistice agreement, signed June 22, 1940, see Documents on German Foreign Policy, 1918–1945, series D, vol. ix, document No. 523, p. 671.