1st February, 1938.
Miss F. Hancock,
Transport & General Workers Union,
Dear Miss Hancock,
As you know the General Council are represented [on] the Basque Children's Committee, and the financial position of this Commitee is a very precarious one at the moment.
800 or 900 children have been returned to their parents. We may be able to send another 400 or 500 back in the near future. The Franco Authorities at Bilbao, however do not want them at the present time, and the parents are not very keen to have them. The position is further complicated by the fact that a number of the children are orphans; some have parents who are refugees in Republican Spain. We might, of course, return those whose parents are refugees in other parts of Spain, but as you know the food conditions are perfectly dreadful and they are also exposed to the very great danger of indiscriminate bombing, so on the whole it looks as if we shall have two or three thousand of these children in this country for a considerable time yet.
? The question of cash therefore arises. The real need is for a steady income particularly from those areas that are relatively well placed so far as employment is concerned. We are therefore writing to some industrial centres such as Bristol to enquire whether it is possible for Works Committees to organise regular 1d weekly collections
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