740.00112 European War/10593

The British Embassy to the Department of State

Ref: 1101/19/44
No. 224

His Majesty’s Ambassador77 presents his compliments to the Secretary of State and with reference to the Embassy’s Aide-Mémoire of February 7th, 1944, regarding the disposal of vessels and their cargoes which formerly belonged to the Allied Governments or their nationals [Page 150] and are captured or found by Allied forces in the course of operations, has the honour to inform him that the legislation referred to in paragraphs 6 and 7 of the Aide-Mémoire has now been enacted. A copy of the Act, which is entitled the Prize Salvage Act, 1944, is transmitted herewith, together with the records of the speech by the Lord Chancellor78 on the occasion of the introduction of the Bill in the House of Lords. The Lord Chancellor’s remarks were based on the explanatory memorandum referred to in paragraph 7 of the Embassy’s Aide Mémoire.

Lord Halifax would be grateful for an early expression of the Department’s views on the points raised in the Aide Mémoire.

  1. Viscount Halifax.
  2. For text of speech, see Parliamentary Debates, House of Lords, 5th series, vol. 130, col. 571.