11 NOVEMBER 1949, Page 15

SIR, —Although, in all the circumstances, I would be glad if

dismantling were abandoned, Mr. Albert B. Newman, in common with many other Americans, appears to be unaware that the plan was as much American as British, and that he is quite wrong in suggesting that it has been increased. Nor does Mr. Newman seem conscious that his calm approach to possible rearmament is reminiscent of ours after 1914-18, when French fears proved to be correct, and the ultimate cost for all of us was infinitely greater, even in pounds—and dollars.—Yours faithfully,

ERNEST A. BARRETT, Two Stacks, Burney Road, West humble, Dorking, Surrey.