A.E.C. Files (Historical Doc. No. 225)
The British Lord President of the Council ( Anderson ) to the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development ( Bush )
My Dear Dr. Bush, Many thanks for your letter of the 3rd August1 and the documents which you kindly sent me with it.
As you know, the Prime Minister prepared some draft Heads of Agreement after our meeting in London and sent a copy of them to [Page 646] Mr. Stimson.2 I have been working on this document in the light of our talk and I now send you an expanded version of it which I have entitled:—“Draft articles of Agreement governing collaboration between the authorities of the U.S.A. and the U.K. in the matter of Tube Alloys ”.
My idea is that we should try to reach agreement on a draft along these lines and submit it as soon as possible to the President and the Prime Minister for their consideration.
You will see that in the draft articles I have dealt with the broad principles on which interchange of information should be conducted. I contemplate, however, that there should be a second memorandum setting out with greater precision and detail the arrangements which should govern the direct interchange of information between the groups in our two countries working on each section of the project. If the wording of the document dated the 15th of December 1942,3 and enclosed in your letter, were altered to make it clear that it applied to interchange on this level only, I agree with you that it might well serve as a basis for this second memorandum. The details would, of course, need modification in the light of the programme of work agreed by the combined Policy Committee; but I imagine that you always intended that these arrangements should be reviewed and amended in the light of alterations made from time to time in our respective programmes.
The draft articles have been prepared in a form suitable for an agreement between the U.S.A. and the U.K. only. We shall, I think, have to discuss together and with the Canadians the question of Canadian participation which would, of course, necessitate appropriate changes in the form and wording. But we need not let that delay us in our immediate task of settling the kind of clauses which should be contained in the agreement, whether the Canadians come in or not.
Finally, may I thank you very much for sending me the statement on the possible use of radio-active material in warfare.4 This is a matter to which we also have given some attention. I shall look forward to receiving the more detailed report to which you refer, and I will, on my return, at once have the results of our studies checked against yours.
Yours very sincerely,