15th April, 1942.
Mr. R. Willis
London Trades Council,
5, Endsleigh Gardens,
Dear Mr. Willis,
International Brigade Association.
Thank you for your letter of 14th April with regard to the latest appeal of the International Brigade.
This organisation is not prescribed by Congress but in view of the fact that many of its officers are either known Communists or associates of the Communist Party we generally advise Trades Councils to take no action on the appeal.
In replying to enquiries we have quoted the following extract from the Official Report of the House of Commons for 1st October, 1941.
"Mr. Wedgwood asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what representations have been made, since the war started, by His Majesty's Government to either the United States Government or the French Government concerning those of the International Brigade interned in France, some of whom are British subjects; and, further, whether any communications on this subject have been exchanged with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?
Mr. Eden: No communications have passed between His Majesty's Government and either the United States Government, the French Government, or the Soviet Government on this subject since the outbreak of war. In view of the fact that before the end of the Civil War the Spanish Republican Government repatriated all those members of the International Brigade who were British subjects, there are, according to my information, no British members of the Brigade now interned in France.