SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
Minutes of meeting held on Wednesday February 22nd at 24 New Oxford Street
Present: Professor J.R. Harrack (Chairman), Mr. R. Calder, Mr. C. Norman, Dr. J. Wright, Mr. A. Peacock, Lord Faringdon, Mr. J. Coyne, Mrs. L. Manning, Mrs. I. Brown, Mr. G. Jeger, and Miss Rosita Davson returned from Spain.
1. Minutes of previous meeting held on 15th February were confirmed and signed.
2. Matters arising:
a) The International Brigade Wounded and Dependants' Aid Committee had stated that they were unable to accept responsibility for the care of Mr. Boulka's child. At the same time, a letter had been received from Mr. Boulka asking us to make whatever arrangements we thought best for the care of the child.
In view of negotiations now proceeding between the foster-mother and the child's relatives it was decided to take no action for the time being, but to keep in touch with the child, and also to get from Mr. Boulka proof of his connection with the International Brigade.
b) Specimens of the "no recognition" leaflet had been sent to all Aid Spain Committees, and orders were being received.
c) A meeting had been arranged on Friday the 24th February at the Friends Meeting House, the charge for which had been specially reduced to £15. The three nurses recently returned from Spain and Mr. Poole were to speak, together with Miss Ellen Wilkinson and Mr. Hannen Swaffer. The other speakers were unable to attend on that evening, and Captain Liddell Hart has also regretted his inability to assist. Lord Addison had a previous engagement, and would be unable to take the chair. 2000 double crown posters had been posted up in the London area. Advertisements had been inserted in Reynolds and the Daily Worker and news paragraphs sought in other papers. Several thousand leaflets had boon distributed in various ways and arrangements were being made for the decoration of the Hall.
All those arrangements were confirmed and it was agreed that Professor Marrack should act as Chairman.
d) It had not been possible for the nurses to meet members of Parliament, as these meetings had become so frequent lately that the last one produced an audience of only 14. Mr. Wilfrid Roberts had however asked that signed statements be submitted to him, which he would circulate amongst the M.P.s. He had also deemed it unnecessary to have them meet the French Deputies, who, however, would receive copies of the statements made by our drivers and nurses on conditions in the camps.
3) Miss Rosita Davson submitted a comprehensive report of the last few weeks' activity in Catalonia and subsequent work in the south of France. (See supplement). She answered many questions, and it was agreed that we record our appreciation of her services during that very difficult period, and congratulate her on her able management of our affairs, and particularly on the successful evacuation of vehicles and material. It was agreed that we render what assistance we can to the Glaser family through the C.S.I., the Home Office, and the Woburn House Committee.
4) Special Correspondence:
a) From the Trade Union Club conveying the information that the premises were being demolished at the end of March, and terminating our tenancy as from the 29th of that month