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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II

372 — The Hon. W. Nash (London) to the Prime Minister

The Hon. W. Nash (London) to the Prime Minister

22 February 1944

I have been advised by the Chiefs of Staff that they have prepared a memorandum on our manpower position and that it is now with Churchill before being sent to the United States Chiefs of Staff for concurrence in the views expressed. Cranborne, who came to see me this morning owing to his office having been bombed on Sunday, says that the Prime Minister would like the rest of the week to consider the proposals. I have pointed out how impossible that is for you and have requested Cranborne to try to get a reply tonight or tomorrow. If he does not succeed I will endeavour to see Churchill again tomorrow. To assist me when seeing Churchill, could you advise me of the present position regarding the submission of your policy to Parliament?