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President W. M. Citrine, Great Britain;
Vice-Presidents: H. Jacobsen, Denmark; L. Jouhaux, France; Corn. Mertens, Belgium; R. Tayerle, Czechoslovakia;
General Secretary: W. Schevenels.
8th January, 1938.
Mr. H. V. Tewson,
FOODSTUFFS FOR SPAIN
Thank you for your two letters of the 5th January, regarding foodstuffs for Spain. I am awaiting your final information about the probable date of arrival of the consignment sent to Spain by the TUC, and you can rely on my informing our comrades there without delay.
As far as the general question raised in your letter is concerned, I should like to emphasise that, in all our arrangements with the International Solidarity Fund's representative committee in Spain, we have at all times stressed the condition that our consignments are to be distributed purely on a relief basis, but, in order to make absolutely certain that nothing has been done in contravention of this rule, I am writing to our representative in Spain, asking for an exact statement on this point.
I would further like to point out that our Committee in Valencia and Barcelona is distributing the goods we send to Spain at its full discretion, and I am quite convinced that, in this distribution of food and other articles, it is guided solely by the aim of relieving need where it is greatest and that no other consideration enters into it. As a rule the distribution is made by our Committee to the different municipalities, which then distribute the goods to their needy population. I do not think