11th January, 1939.
Mr. W. Schevenels,
International Federation of Trade Unions,
9, Avenue D'Orsay,
Dear Mr. Schevenels,
LABOUR PARTY'S PARCELS FOR SPAIN SCHEME.
Referring to your letter of the 7th January, I note what you say in your first paragraph in regard to your having sent an explanatory letter to our Czechoslovakian comrades, together with the additional list of refugees.
In regard to the remainder of your letter dealing with the parcels scheme for Spain, I have sent a copy of your previous communication to Mr. Middleton and have communicated with him officially asking him to raise my letter with his Executive Committee.
I entirely share your opinion in regard to this matter and may say that before the appeal went out I saw both Mr. Middleton and Mr. Gillies personally, but as they had a decision to work to the circular went out. Under the circumstance I felt it was necessary to raise the matter officially with the Executive of the Labour Party.
It is now too late to remedy what has been done, but I think my protest is in such a form that it will lead to the avoidance of these difficulties in the future.