15th April, 1942.
Mr. C. Hargreaves,
Nelson and District Weavers' Association,
Dear Mr. Hargreaves,
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ASSOCIATION.
Thank you for your letter of the 8th of April enclosing copy of an appeal which your Association has received from the International Brigade Association and asking what can be done to assist the members of the International Brigade on whose behalf the appeal is launched.
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.