NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE FOR SPANISH RELIEF
BASQUE CHILDREN'S COMMITTEE
MINUTES of a Meeting held at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 5th February, 1938, at 5.30.p.m.
PRESENT: The Duchess of Atholl, M.P. (In the Chair)
The Earl of Listowel
Miss Eleanor Rathbone, M.P.
Mr. Wilfrid Roberts, M.P. Hon. Secretaries
Mr. D.R. Grenfell, M.P.
Mr. G.T. Garratt (Hon. Administrator)
Miss B.L. Arne (Secretary - Basque Children)
Miss O.Y. McCleland (Asst. Secretary)
Representatives of the following organisations:
Committee against Malnutrition
Friends Service Council
Int. Ctee. for Relief of Victimised Teachers
Peace Pledge Union
Save the Children Fund
Spanish Medical Aid Committee
Spanish Northern Hospitals Committee
Spanish Women's Committee for Help to Spain
Trades Union Congress
Mr. Henry Brinton
Commander Fletcher, M.P.
Dr. Audrey Russell
Miss Ellen Wilkinson, M.P.
Sra. Maria Martinez Sierra (Deputy for Granada)
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies had been received from Miss Fawcett and Mr. Ernest Brown.
(i ) "Britannia & Eve" Article
The Chairman referred to an articel which had appeared in the Christmas number of the journal " Britannia & Eve " which gave a fictitious account of the bad behaviour of Basque children in a private house to which they had been invited. The possibilities of a libel action against the Proprietors had been considered and Mr. Comyns Carr, K.C., and the Committee's Solicitors had been consulted. If the Committee decided to take action Mr. Comyns Carr would be willing to give his assistance without charge. The Solicitors would, however,
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