8th October, 1937.
Mr. D. Douglas,
Scottish Union of Bakers, Confectioners & Bakery Workers,
15, King's Road,
Dear Mr. Douglas,
REPATRIATION OF BASQUE CHILDREN.
I have your letter of the 6th inst., in regard to the above matter. There is no truth whatever in the report which you have received that applications from parents have been received in respect of 2000 children.
The National Committee responsible is giving constant and careful attention to this matter of repatriation, and at the moment there are over 800 applications which have been received through the medium of Father Gabana, who is the representative of the Apostolic Delegate sent by the Pope to Bilbao. The catholic authorities themselves have been responsible for securing some of the names, whilst the Philangist Organisation has also submitted a number. No queries have been raised in regard to about half of the names submitted, but in the remainder of the cases either information is insufficient or there are certain irregularities which lead the Committee to believe that further enquiries should be made before the applications can be granted.
In order to assist in this, the National Committee have secured the assistance of a commission composed of Sir Holman Gregory and two other very prominent legal dignitaries who are to go through the applications.
In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, some names within this file have been redacted. While we have made every effort to comply with the Act, there may be other named individuals within this file who are still living. We will remove any names immediately we are made aware that this is the case or if any offence is caused to living relatives.
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