The President to the Secretary of State

Dear Mr. Secretary: The recommendations of the Interdepartmental Committee on Trade Agreements with respect to concessions to be offered and requested at Torquay, transmitted with the memorandum of September 26, have been carefully reviewed. I understand that the United States delegation at the conference hopes to open tariff negotiations with other delegates in the near future.

The recommendations of the Committee are hereby approved, with the exception of the five items covered by the dissent of the Department of Agriculture. The issues set forth in the statements of the Department of Agriculture and the majority opinions on the items require further consideration and, accordingly, I am taking no action [Page 805] with regard to these items at this time. I shall give you my decision on them as soon as possible. I should appreciate your informing the Trade Agreements Committee to this effect.

Very sincerely yours,

Harry S. Truman