The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 3—9:38 p.m.]
968. Embassy learns from reliable source that this morning Foreign Office received a telegram from the British Embassy in Washington reporting that the United States Government was now ready to begin discussions looking toward the conclusion of a general civil air agreement. The message stated that the Embassy had been requested in an aide-mémoire from the Department to suggest an agenda. This subject was discussed this afternoon in a meeting in Lord Beaver-brook’s office, attended by his staff, Air Ministry, Foreign Office and service officials. It is understood that these officials believe they will be ready to begin discussions in 6 to 8 weeks (id est, prepare and secure approval of the agenda).