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TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEPHONE CABLE; DISCUSSIONS
WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM
49. The Minister of National Defence, as Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, submitted a draft note to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Canada stating that Canada would welcome the opportunity to hold discussions concerning arrangements for construction of a trans-Atlantic telephone cable.? Among other things, Canada had an interest in the question whether the cable should land in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia rather than go direct to the United States.
An explanatory memorandum was circulated.
(Acting Minister's memorandum, March 18, 1953 and attached draft despatch -- Cab. Doc. 79-53)?
50. The Cabinet approved the recommendation of the Acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, concurred in by the Acting Minister of Transport, and agreed that a note be sent to the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Canada, as submitted, concerning Canadian interest in a proposal to construct a trans-Atlantic telephone cable between the United Kingdom and Canada and stating that Canada would welcome the opportunity to hold discussions with the United Kingdom concerning arrangements for the cable, and would be prepared to join in subsequent tripartite discussions with the UK representatives and officials of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company if that seemed desirable.
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