740.00112A E.W./6–545: Telegram

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

4518. Urtel 5688, June 5.41 For EWD. Oliver42 reviewing discrepancies between Brit and US proposals for first bite. In event discrepancies reduced to approximately 15% would Brit in your opinion be willing to defer discussion on this group until after June 23 publication date? This would permit more deliberate and careful consideration of basic issues which will arise more pointedly with respect to second bite. Do not discuss probable percentage of discrepancies with Brit until Dept advises you results of Oliver’s survey but explore [Page 843] possibilities of deferring a degree of difference less than that presently existing until second bite. Preliminary indications are that great majority of cases objected to for first bite would be acceptable for second.

Repeated to Paris for Rubin.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Covey Thomas Oliver, Acting Chief, Division of Economic Security Controls.