800.6176/481: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

3417. Reference our cable 3352, 24th. Colonial Secretary informing International Rubber Regulation Committee members today Committee being discontinued April 30. Colonial Office definitely hopes this action will help successful formation in near future of new agreement for Advisory Discussion Committee. Colonial Office favors fairly wide representation important consumer countries initially and initial Russian participation. Believe industry May 2 can be positively assured British and Dutch not endeavoring continue restriction in disguise but anxious have forum for international rubber problems where leading producing and consuming factors can endeavor to agree on sound policies to recommend to the governments concerned. Joining new Discussion Committee carries with it absolutely no commitment for Department to consider any policy not concurred in by American representatives. Many meetings will occur before recommended policies are crystallized although early and continuous exchange of views believed very desirable by British and Dutch here.