740.00119 PW/2–1347: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State

991. In response question in Commons 12th whether His Majesty’s Government has been consulted by US Government on desirability early Inter-allied Jap Reparations Conference on basis Pauley recommendations, Foreign Secretary34 made following statement:

“The US Government have invited all Governments represented on the Far Eastern Commission to take part in early consultations on Japanese reparations. His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom have accepted this invitation but it is not yet known when the discussions will begin or what form they will take. Mr. Edwin Pauley’s recommendations to President Truman on Japanese reparations have not been specifically put forward as the basis for these discussions.”

In response further inquiry, Foreign Secretary gave assurances he would bear in mind British reparation claims for goods removed by Japs from Malaya and Hong Kong to Japan and some of which reportedly sent US.

Repeated USPolAd, Tokyo, 1.

  1. Ernest Bevin.