6th November, 1942.
Mr. C.E. Kingaby,
Watford and District Trades Council,
71, Oakdene Road,
Dear Mr. Kingaby,
Thank you for your letter of 4th November in which you inform us that your Council would appreciate any action which the General Council can take which would lead to the release of members of the International Brigade now interned in France.
Our General Council have not in mind any action on this matter. It may serve to explain the position if I attach herewith an extract from the Official Report of the House of Commons for the 1st October, 1941.
The suggestion you make is in line with proposals which have been circulated by the International Brigade Association and which presuppose relationships between the Governments in question on a very much more cordial plane than existed in the Autumn of 1941. I think you will appreciate that the position with regard to the relationships between the British (or United States) and Vichy Governments has not improved since then.