21st June, 1938.
Mr. Wm. Elger, J.P.,
The Scottish Trades Union Congress,
33, Elmbank Crescent,
Dear Mr. Elger,
GLASGOW AND EDINBURGH JOINT COMMITTEE.
I regret that owing to my absence from the office on business there has been delay in answering your letter of the 15th instant.
I think there is very clearly an improvement in the position and, provided the money is definitely to be credited to the National Council of Labour Fund, I do not think there would be any objection whatever to your approval of the scheme for raising money.
This does not carry with it any ratification of whatever other decisions there may have been at the conference on May 21st.
At the same time I must again make reference to the advisability of all money collected being spent by us through the channels of our usual supply. I hope to goodness they will not attempt sending any food ship which would inevitably run considerable risk if any of the Mediterranean Ports were to be its destination. With these food ships there is usually a considerable amount of propaganda and there is no doubt that before the ship sailed its name would be known by the Rebel Authorities and it would be marked out for attention.
Then again, the idea of a food ship usually results in collection of food instead of cash. I have previously