PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL. SPAIN : DEPUTATION to F.O.
March 22, 1937. No.10.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS GENERAL COUNCIL
DEPUTATION TO MR. EDEN, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 22, COMMENCING AT 5.45.
Mr. EDEN was accompanied by Lord Plymouth and officials of the Foreign Office.
The GENERAL COUNCIL were represented by:
Mr. E. Bevin (Chairman),
Mr. W. Kean,
Mr. A. Conley,
Mr. E. Edwards,
Mr. J. Marchbanks,
Mr. W. Holmes,
Sir Walter Citrine (General Secretary),
Mr. W.J. Bolton (International Department).
Before the deputation went to the Foreign Office, there was a preliminary discussion as to the representations to be made. It was agreed that these should be based on the resolution of the London Conference, and that Mr. E. Bevin (the Chairman) and Sir Walter Citrine (the General Secretary) should be the speakers.
The main points in Mr. BEVIN's speech were:
If the Government had agreed to the non-intervention policy in order to prevent a world war, it behooved them to see that this policy was made absolutely effective. The considerable delay in getting it properly started had worked to the prejudice of the Spanish Government. Was the new proposal for control going to be made really effective? The present moment was extremely dangerous. Mussolini's men had been