STRICTLY PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
REPORT OF MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LABOUR, HELD ON TUESDAY, 25TH AUGUST, 1936, AT TRANSPORT HOUSE, LONDON, S.W.1., AT 11 A.M.
Mr. A.A.H. Findlay (In the Chair).
Representing the T.U.C. General Council:
Mr. E. Bevin.
Mr. A. Conley.
Mr. E. Edwards.
Mr. G. Gibson.
Mr. J. Hill.
Mr. A.G. Walkden (morning session only).
Representing the Parliamentary Labour Party:
Mr. H. Dalton, M.P.
Mr. D.R. Grenfell, M.P.
Mr. J. Walker, M.P.
Mr. J.R. Clynes, M.P.
Mr. J. Compton, M.P.
Representing the Executive Committee of the Labour Party: Mr. Herbert Morrison.
Sir Walter Citrine
Mr. J.S. Middleton.
Also present: Mr. Wm. Gillies.
MR. MIDDLETON announced that they had had great difficulty in making contact with some of their members, and substitutes had been appointed. It might be found in the course of the meeting that they were over-represented.
THE CHAIRMAN then asked Sir Walter Citrine to give a report on the international meetings he had attended.
SIR WALTER CITRINE suggested that the report be dealt with in phases, as they ought to get the actual sequence of events.
They had left the Spanish situation at a stage when the two national bodies had passed a general resolution approving of the stand the Spanish comrades were taking to maintain Democracy against Fascism. On the Friday of that week-end, Sir Walter received a telegram from M. Schevenels, Secretary of the I.F.T.U., the effect of which was that he had been taling [talking] to Mr. Adler of the L.S.I. about the advisability of having a meeting of the two bodies. Sir Walter telegraphed he was entirely in favour of that meeting.
In the meantime Mr. Middleton had been considering the question of whether they ought to do something in the way of relief. He spoke to Sir Walter about it and they came to the conclusion that a fund should