7th May, 1942.
Mr. F.A. Smith,
Amalgamated Engineering Union,
P.O. Box 35,
Dear Mr. Smith,
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ASSOCIATION
Thanks for your letter of May 5th in which you ask what action our General Council have taken or propose to take with regard to members of the International Brigade 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 Government 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.