G.C. Minutes 23rd June, 1937.
It was understood that the Council would have an opportunity of considering the Memorandum on Pensions and Mr. Greenwood and those responsible for drafting the Memorandum would be asked to be in attendance.
It was explained that the National Council of Labour would have a special meeting to consider the matter before the meeting of the General Council.
The remaining items of the National Council of Labour Minutes of 22nd June (with the exception of Item 83. Spain, which was separately considered) were ADOPTED. on the motion of Mr. Conley.
Item 85. International Policy and Defence.
Mr. Bevin explained the nature of the document on international policy and defence, drawn up by the Labour Party, which had been circulated. A discussion on the matter had been adjourned to the next meeting of the National Council of Labour, then the matter would come before the General Council.
Item 83. Position in Spain.
Report of meeting of the representatives of the I.F.T.U. Executive and L.S.I. Bureau, held in Geneva, 16th and 17th June, 1937, was submitted. The Secretary read a fuller report sent by Mr. Bolton who had attended the Conference.
Sir Walter also explained that he was asked at very short notice to attend this meeting. As Mr. Hicks and Mr. Hayday were already in Geneva, and held office in the I.F.T.U., he had after consultation with the Chairman, asked Mr. Hayday to attend the meeting. Mr. Hicks had had to return on Union business.
In connection with the same item, Minute No. 83 of meeting of the National Council of Labour, held on June 22nd, 1937 was read.
Mr. Bevin explained that the Minute should be amended to include that the attitude taken by the National Council of Labour was that whatever the consequences the British Labour Movement would not proceed with the proposal for a "united front". They were not going to be led into a discussion on the "united front' through the question of Spain.
The Spanish proposals had been discussed on their merits and in the view of the National Council of Labour they largely conformed to what the British Labour Movement had already declared. Mr. Conley moved the ADOPTION of the Minute.
Mr. Conley then moved
"That the Secretary and his Officials should collaborate with Mr. Middleton and officials on his side, to issue an announcement regarding the failure of the Non-Intervention Committee, and then