23rd March, 1938.
Miss C. Vulliamy,
Ipswich and District Committee for Spanish Refugee Children,
Dear Miss Vulliamy,
REPATRIATION OF BASQUE CHILDREN.
I have your letter in regard to the above matter, a copy of which has been sent to other members of the Basque Children's Committee.
As I am personally interested in one of the homes I appreciate your desire for caution, but personally I am entirely opposed to the suggestion that the batch of children whose cases have been verified and approved by the homes should be held up.
I know that some time ago when the list of children was sent to the homes Mr. Garratt asked for the comments of the homes. In all those cases where there is reason to believe that there is grave danger in the children returning owing to their parents not being in Bilbao or one or both of them not being free, I know of no case where the children's return has been insisted on.
The National Committee is very anxious to protect the interests of the children, but it must be remembered, as a general principle, that if we are to be able to accept responsibility for the large numbers of children who are orphans or have one or more parents in Eastern Spain or in France it is necessary to be relieved of the
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.
Copyright: Trades Union Congress. Reproduced with permission.