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Finletter, now aged 55, had served in the State Department during the war and had lately chaired a government committee which reported on the need for the expansion of the American Air Force. Politically he was a liberal Democrat - a member of Americans for Democratic Action. He received a cable of greetings from Douglas on the day of his appointment, and at once wrote to say that he hoped to take a seapassage on 5 June. 28 3 According to the terms of the Economic Co-operation Act, every country which was to receive aid had first to sign a Letter of Intent and then, before the end of the first quarter of the Act's operation, sign a Bilateral Agreement acknowledging various reciprocal obligations.

15 The British could also nominate a Deputy Secretary-General, and for this post Harry Lintott was seconded from the Board of Trade. The new Organisation was at once required by the Administrator to work out a programme for the second quarter of the programme (that is, July to September 1948) and the total sums to be requested were to tally with those listed in the so-called Brown Books that the State Department had submitted to the Congressional Appropriations Committees. The Organisation was also entrusted with the task of working out the annual programme of aid as the Administrator, like Lovett, was unwilling to be subjected to lobbying by European Governments.

No record of the meeting would be kept, and Cripps agreed to attend for Britain. 47 Meanwhile it was decided that a relatively small group of representatives would have to make proposals for the division of aid: it was not a task that could be undertaken by the Council as a whole. The group finally consisted of Eric Roll (the British Chairman of the Programmes Committee), Guillaume Guindey (the French Chairman of the Balance of Payments Committee), Pietro Stoppani (the Italian Vice-Chairman of the Payments Committee) and Dirk Spierenburg (the Dutch Interim Chairman of the Trade Committee).

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