3rd June, 1942.
Mr. E.W Spackman,
National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers,
74, Nightingale Lane,
Dear Mr. Spackman,
International Brigade Association.
Many thanks for your letter of the 1st of June in which you inform me of a resolution which was adopted by your National Executive Council with regard to the position of members of the International Brigade who are at present interned in unoccupied France.
Our General Council have not in mind any action on this matter; it may serve to explain the position if I attach herewith an extract from Hansard for 1st October, 1941.
The proposals in the appeal which has been circularised by the International Brigade Association presuppose relationships between the Governments in question on a very much more cordial plane than existed in the Autumn of 1941. I think you will appreciate that the position with regard to the relationships between the British (or United States) and Vichy Governments has not improved since then.