1st September, 1936.
Mr. R.F. Lancaster,
Co-operative Wholesale Society, Ltd.
1, Balloon Street,
Dear Mr. Lancaster,
Situation in Spain.
With further reference to the correspondence on this subject, I am near in a position to give you some particulars about what has been done in the way of administering the fund which is being raised under the auspices of the International Federation of Trade Unions and the Labour and Socialist International.
Up-to-date, a sum of approximately £40,000 has been raised, of which the British contribution was roughly £12,000. An equally large sum has been received from the French Trade Unions, and the American Trade Unions have already contributed about £7,500. It is anticipated that other considerable suns will be received and the results so far, having regard to the difficulties, are satisfactory.
With regard to the distribution of the Fund, this is being carried out in conjunction with the U.G.T. (the Spanish Trade Union Centre in Madrid) and the Socialist Party. The Committee who are operating the Fund are in close consultation, both with Spanish representatives in Paris and through a delegate specially sent to Spain for the purpose