The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Union of South Africa (MacVeagh)
129. Reference cable 128 today. If Union Government presses point this Government is willing to agree that Council’s approval of requirements be accepted by participating governments as establishing essentiality of requirements. However it must be clearly understood that supplying countries may not be able to provide all approved requirements. Material and shipping shortages and many other factors subject to constant and unpredictable change in interest of war effort have prevented and will prevent supply of requirements of recognized essentiality throughout United Nations. Union cannot expect favored treatment because of existence of Council.
Repeated to London.