Department of State Atomic Energy Files
Memorandum on Allocation by the British Members of the Combined Policy Committee 41
At its meeting on July 4th, 1945, the Combined Policy Committee determined that while the war lasts all uranium supplies received by the Combined Development Trust for the joint account of the United States and the United Kingdom should be allocated to the United States Government for the production of weapons for use against the common enemy. The Committee’s attention, having been called to the fact that this policy will leave Great Britain without any reserve of supplies of this material for the future use, the Committee noted this statement of the British members and agreed that insofar as the material received by the Trust exceeds the quantity required for the production of weapons against the common enemy in the present war, it should be held by the Combined Development Trust to be disposed of or otherwise dealt with in accordance with paragraph 3(1) of the Agreement of 13th June, 1944, and that in making future allocations all relevant factors should be reviewed.
- Since this decision related to “the production of weapons against the common enemy in the present war” it now needs to be reviewed.
- The principles on which it is proposed that allocations of raw materials should be made in future are set out in paragraph 4 of the revised memorandum of Agreement at present under consideration by the Committee. But in the opinion of the British members, the Committee should take a decision in respect of the interim period between V–J Day and February 28th. It is therefore suggested that all supplies received since V–J Day should now be allocated to meet the requirements of the three Governments, as approved by the Combined Policy Committee, after consideration of representations from each member Government. The unallocated balance (if any) should be held by the Combined Development Trust.
- The British members suggest that the principle that the supplies allocated by the Combined Policy Committee should be paid for by the Government receiving the material, should be applied to this allocation.
- It is further proposed that the Combined Policy Committee should also consider the allocations for the supplies which it is anticipated will be received for the ten months from March 1st to December 31st, 1946.
- Finally, the British members wish to draw attention to the fact that, as the programmes of atomic energy development in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Canada progress, raw materials may well become in short supply. The Combined Policy Committee may therefore wish to decide that immediate consideration should be given to any possibilities of a more economical use of material.