16th January, 1937.
Mr. E. Edwards,
The Mineworkers' Federation of Gt. Britain,
50, Russell Square, W.C.1.
Dear Mr. Edwards,
COLLECTIONS FOR SPAIN.
I have your letter of the 14th instant expressing the concern of your Federation that the Government might proceed further than banning volunteers for Spain and place an embargo on collections for food, clothing and medical supplies.
I can assure you that this is a matter which has been carefully considered by the National Council of Labour from the very early stages of our Fund. You will remember that on the question of non-intervention Italy raised the point of the banning of financial assistance and collections, and at that time it was made quite clear to the Foreign Secretary that we should strongly object to that course.
So far as we are aware, however, there is no intention of difficulties being raised in connection with our relief work, but it is certainly a point which the National Council of Labour are carefully watching.
A statement in regard to our relief work will be published for the information of members of the Movement next week from which you will see that at a meeting of the Joint Committee of the Fund held in Paris yesterday extensive commitments were taken on which make it necessary for more money to be raised. With the new projects in mind it is more imperative than ever that our good work should not be hindered.