Mr. G.M. Hann,
The National Amalgamated Union of Shop Assistants,
Malet Street, W.C.1.
20th October, 1938.
Dear Mr. Hann,
International Brigade Dependants and Wounded Aid Committee.
I thank you for your letter of the 19th instant forwarding an extract from a circular from the International Brigade Dependants and Wounded Aid Committee covering their appeal for a National Memorial Fund.
The statement of Sir Walter's at the Blackpool Congress referred to in the circular was made after reference to the effort being made by the Mineworkers' Federation to raise a sum of £83,000 for the relief of orphans of the Asturian Miners, and by the Amalgamated Engineering Union to raise a very substantial sun to be used in the purchase and reconditioning of motor vehicles to assist the Spanish Government in its transport difficulties.
The machinery of the International Solidarity Fund can only be used for the purpose of relief work, and I think you will appreciate that the work undertaken by the International Brigade Dependents and Wounded Aid Committee can hardly be considered as coming within the category of relief work in Spain.
In reply to a request for assistance from the General Council the Committee have been asked on two occasions for information with regard to tne number of persons being assisted by them, together with particulars of Trade Union and Labour Party membership, and for a