Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II
217 — The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Prime Minister of New Zealand to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Your telegram of 19 April (No. 215).
You will have gathered from my immediately preceding telegram that it is impossible for me to assume responsibility for a favourable answer. When Parliament meets, your request and views, carrying great weight as they do here as elsewhere, will be faithfully placed before the House of Representatives with all their force, as will any further message which you may deem it advisable to send, and which we will gladly receive, on the general question of the future activities of the Division. War Cabinet asks me to state that if, in the meantime, up to the date when Parliament meets, you considered it possible and advisable, without detrimentally affecting your plan, to take the New Zealand Division out of Tunisia for special training, we would agree, provided it is clearly understood that such agreement does not commit the Division to the task indicated before Parliament has an opportunity of coming to a decision on the matter.