REPORT OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPAIN, HELD ON MARCH 10TH & 11TH, 1937, AT THE CENTRAL HALL, WESTMINSTER, S.W.1.
SIR WALTER CITRINE (President) first explained some difficulty regarding expiration of passports, and said that if passports dated to expire that evening instead of the following day were handed in to the stewards they would be rectified at the Home Office. Continuing, he said:
"You all know the purpose of this Conference. It is called at the request of our Spanish comrades. For some time past they have represented to the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International, their desire to have a Conference of an all-in character, which would bring into association all anti-Fascist organisations. They put that demand very strongly on several occasions to the Executive Committees of the two bodies, but after mature deliberation the view was reached that such a course would not commend itself to the organisations affiliated to our two international bodies.
We decided, therefore, to call a Conference of organisations related to the two Internationals, whose delegations were invited to be as large as possible.
I want to make it quite clear that no restriction as to size and numbers of delegations has been imposed by the Executive of the L.S.I. or the I.F.T.U. We wanted to have the Conference as fully representative as possible, and I think considering the short notice and the opportunities for arrangement and collecting the delegations, we have succeeded admirably in that direction.