27th September, 1950.
Mr. A.R. Griffith,
Exeter & District Trades Council,
14, Devonshire Place,
Dear Mr. Griffith,
International Brigade Association,
Many thanks for your letter of September 25th from which I note that your Trades Council has received a circular from the International Brigade Association requesting them to approve a resolution of protest concerning recent arrests in France, and taking the opportunity to appeal to your Trades Council for financial assistance.
The International Brigade Association is a communist controlled body, and therefore its approaches and appeals should not be considered by your Council.
I appreciate your Council's action in requesting advice in this connection. The arrests to which reference is made will be those undertaken by the French government, as a security measure, of foreign communists who had abused the hospitality they had received in France to interfere in that country's internal affairs.
I may inform your Trades Council our Spanish trade union colleagues whose headquarters are outside Spain at Toulouse do not condemn the French government for their action in this connection.