February 19th. 1937.
NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE FOR SPANISH RELIEF.
(Co-operating societies - Social Service Council of the Society of Friends, the Save the Children Fund, the Spanish Medical Aid Committee, the Scottish Ambulance Unit, the Spanish Women's Committee for Help to Spain, the Women's Committee against War and Fascism, the Spanish Youth Foodship Committee)
MOTOR CONTINGENT IN SPAIN
Mr. GARRATT, Leader of the first motor contingent sent by the National Joint Committee, decided to leave most of the motor coaches in Barcelona, under the charge of Mr. A. Roberts, as transport was almost non-existent there and there was work for the drivers in distributing food and helping with relief generally. Mr. Garratt went on to Madrid on an experimental bus, provided by the Carlisle Committee. He brought a load of 37 children out of Madrid to the rail-head, a distance of 150 miles, much of it on bad side roads. He said that while there was some petrol in Spain, it could only be obtained for definite purposes, such as evacuating children or bringing food into Madrid and most of the supply is required for military purposes. He spoke of the efficiency of the Spanish Relief Committees and the necessity of co-operation and he praised the work being done by Mr. Jacob and Mr. Park senior in Madrid. Relief organisation was weakest in Valencia.
Mr. Garratt stressed the need for really powerful cars, as new as possible and preferably with Diesel engines. Most of the difficulties had arisen because the reconditioned cars were not strong enough for what was virtually war service. It was more important to have one or two really good cars than a number of old ones, especially as it was impossible to take a whole convoy into Madrid.
The latest news of the Committee's motor convoy is that three of the seven coaches have been sent to the Almeria region to help transport refugees from Malaga. The Carlisle bus is now making its second trip to Albacete, carrying Madrid children out of the war zone.
A second convoy of buses is leaving London for Valencia on Saturday 20th February (London readers of the Bulletin who receive it in time are asked to come to the House of Lords at 12 p.m. to give the buses a good send-off). Three buses carrying food, milk, petrol and clothing are equipped with three drivers and a competent interpreter. Two are brand new Bedfords and one is a reconditioned Albion sent by the Carlisle Committee. Their engines are very powerful and they are designed so as to take passengers or goods with equal ease.
REPORTS FROM SPAIN.
1. PROFESSOR CATTLIN went to Spain as a representative of the National Joint Committee to inspect arrangements, and to gather any information which might be useful in order to stimulate an organisation similar to the National Joint Committee in the United States where he is going shortly. During his visit he saw the representatives of various relief organisations, the Secretaries general for evacuation in the Madrid and Valencia areas, and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Justice and Health.
Professor Cattlin met Mr. Garratt's convoy in Valencia and reported that one car had proceeded to Madrid, another was going there, but had been temporarily detained in Valencia, while the remaining cars were still in Barcelona. He was able to report that the Scottish Ambulance Unit had arrived safely in Madrid. He understands that it may be advantageous to raise the pocket money of those attached to