10th April, 1942.
Mr. F. Wolstencroft,
Amalgamated Society of Woodworkers,
161, Wilmslow Road,
Dear Mr. Wolstencroft,
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ASSOCIATION.
Thank you for your letter of the 2nd instant in which you enclose copy of a resolution from your Greenford Branch asking for Congress to approach the American Government on behalf of members of the International Brigade at present in France.
Our General Council have not in mind any action on this matter; it may serve to explain the position if I give you an 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.