Memorandum by the Chief of the Commercial Policy Staff ( Beale ) to the Director of the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State ( McWilliams )1
Subject: Proposed United States Offer on Wool
As I told you by telephone, the Secretary of Agriculture has talked with the President about the offer on wool which the Committee on Trade Agreements has recommended should be made at Torquay and which is opposed by the Department of Agriculture. On the basis of a conversation with a member of Dr. Steelman’s staff, I recommend that Mr. Webb talk with the President about wool at the earliest opportunity. The Torquay Conference opens today (September 28) and the President may make his decision on the offer list within the next day or so. Wool is probably the most important single item in the tariff negotiations and is the key not only to the negotiations with Australia and New Zealand but, on the basis of our experience at Geneva, will largely affect the outcome of our negotiations with the British.
Attached is a memorandum which it is recommended Mr. Webb use as a basis for his conversation with the President.
- Marginal notation: “Mr. Webb took the attached to the W[hite] H[ouse] on 9/28/50.”↩