22nd June, 1937.
Mr. R. Stanton,
Hackney Trades Council & Boro' Labour Party,
14a, Graham Road,
Dear Mr. Stanton,
With further reference to your letter of the 15th June regarding the complaints which have been made as to the treatment of Basque children at the Salvation Army Home, Clapton, I am now in a position to give you further information.
Two members of the National Committee for the Basque Children visited this Home last week and report that things are now very much more satisfactory. The difficulty arouse owing to the fact that a quarantine period had to be imposed, and, also there is very restricted playing ground accommodation at the Home. Some of the older lads became very restive and difficult. Twenty-six of them have been transferred back to the camp at Stoneham and fifty have been sent to the Salvation Army Settlement at Hadleigh. Also now that the quarantine period is over, coach excursions are being organised to the Downs and parties are being taken to the baths, Hackney Marshes, etc.
The girls appear to be very satisfied. They say that they love having plenty to eat and just sitting about.
I think a proof of the good treatment generally is the fact that the two adult women who brought the 26 lads back to Stoneham Camp, begged to be allowed to bring in relatives to Clapton in their place, and this was agreed.
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