PRIVATE. G.C. 23.6.37.
POSITION IN SPAIN.
Report of meeting of the representatives of the I.F.T.U. Executive and the 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 of 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 bring all possible pressure to bear to get the subject dealt with at a special meeting of Governments associated