16th December, 1942.
Miss Alma Sear,
Harrow Trades Council,
184a Kenton Road,
Dear Miss Sear,
INTERNED FOREIGN NATIONALS: NORTH AFRICA
Thanks for your letter of December 12 on the subject of the internment of foreign nationals who have been interned in North Africa under the Vichy Regime for some years on account of their anti-axis activities.
I note that you feel that the time is now ripe for the release of all such people and that you view with the utmost suspicion the present political set-up in North Africa.
I am quite sure that your concern in that respect is shared by the Trades Union Congress, the British Government, and the United States Government. You will appreciate, I know, that General Eisenhower of the United States Army, who is in charge of combined operations in North Africa, is completely responsible for present developments, and is likely to remain so until the military situation in North Africa has been clarified by the elimination of the Axis Forces at present there.
An almost parallel position, of course, obtained in Madagascar, and you will see in the press of yesterday that now Madagascar has been brought completely under Allied control, the Fighting French National Council have been given the responsibility of its administration, General le Gentelhomme being appointed Commissioner by the Fighting French.
The state of control reached by the Allies in Madagascar