561.311F1 Advisory Committee/1073: Telegram

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

990. The subject of your 886, February 28, 5 p.m., was taken up with the Foreign Office economist and legal expert this morning and the reasons for concluding an agreement promptly along present lines were strongly emphasized. At a meeting of the appropriate authorities this afternoon in the Foreign Office it was decided to drop the proposal reported in my 856 February 23, 8 p.m., for a simplified self-contained agreement independent of the draft convention. We understand that instructions will be sent to the British delegation to accept the memorandum of agreement in its final form. A few points of clarification of detail will be discussed with the Foreign Office tomorrow morning at their request and if any questions arise I shall cable further tomorrow.