5th November, 1942.
Miss Olive C. West,
Wembley and District Trades Council,
240, All Souls Avenue,
Dear Miss West,
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ASSOCIATION.
Thank you for your letter of 1st November enclosing copy of a resolution which was adopted by your Trades Council asking the General Council to support the efforts of the above Association for the relief and release of former brigaders.
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 proposals which you make are similar to some which have been circularised 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.