28th April, 1939.
Mr. H. H. Elvin,
National Union of Clerks and Administrative Workers,
70, St. George's Square,
Dear Mr. Elvin,
THE SPANISH WAR.
I have your letter of the 26th instant containing the resolution of your Annual Conference in regard to the above matter, which calls upon the organised Labour Movement to take certain action.
I am not clear as to whether your Annual Conference quite appreciated the tremendous responsibilities which we at present have in connection with the Spanish refugees or of the amount of money which would be necessary to carry out the full programme they suggest.
I do not know whether any further steps are being taken by your Union to supplement the International Solidarity Fund for the considerable burden which it is now bearing. Whilst the war continued in Spain we had certain moral commitments to supply as much as possible to the people of Spain. Now, however, we have very definite financial commitments in regard to 350 Spanish sailors in this country and the number of refugees is increasing.
The whole question is being gone into very carefully and we are having special consultations to see what possibility there is of rendering assistance on