740.00119 EW/3–149: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom


735. Personal for Douglas. Fol message from Hoffman sent at his request.

Ref Emtel 773.1 I am greatly concerned present Brit position that prohibited and restricted industries and reparations issues must be settled together. I believe it of utmost importance that Brit and Fr be advised strong efforts now being made in Congress which have thus far been resisted to introduce legislation which could blow up entire reparation issue and result in final US position which goes far beyond Humphrey Report2 in plant retention and would result in cut in funds allocated countries receiving reparations equipment. Success of resistance this or similar legislation cannot be guaranteed. In any event as indicated earlier there will be considerable and heated debate this issue and Humphrey Report will probably be public domain before issue resolved.

  1. Supra.
  2. Not printed.