29th November, 1941.
Mr. F.C. Woods,
Clerical and Administrative Workers' Union,
30, Clouston Street,
Dear Mr. Woods,
INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ASSOCIATION.
With reference to your letter of 18th November in which you ask whether it is possible for any steps to be taken through Congress for the release of interned members of the International Brigade who are at present in unoccupied France, our General Council have not in mind an action on this matter, and I may give below for your information an extract from the Official Report for the House of Commons of 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 new interned in France.
Mr. Wedgwood: Considering the fact that those International Brigaders fought for our cause, is it not possible to do something to induce the French to release these people, if