EXTRACT FROM MINUTES OF NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LABOUR.
27th April 1937
It was stated that no reports had yet been received respecting the operation of the new Control Scheme, but that the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Labour Party was reviewing the position day to day.
Sir Walter Citrine reported that he had met representatives of the Basque Government on the previous day, and had received complaints that Italian warships were insisting upon the examination of Spanish coastwise vessels, for which no provision was made in the Control Scheme. It had also been stated that German aeroplanes were continuing to arrive in support of General Franco, and it was assumed that they were being flown direct from Germany.
Sir Walter reported that representations wore being made in respect of the former complaint, but that there was a difficulty in securing trustworthy and substantial evidence upon the second.
Sir Walter also reported that the Food Ship "Backworth" had loaded £3,000 worth of food provided by the International Solidarity Fund. He had avoided giving the matter publicity in accordance with previous procedure, as it was felt that publicity in relation to sailings for Spain was calculated to endanger the vessels concerned.
Sir Walter reported that he had also been in contact with Leon Jouhaux, of the French C.G.T., urging that French action should also be stimulated in the direction of supplying the necessities of the population of Bilbao; and that as a result, Leon Blum had made a pronouncement on the subject. After general discussion it was
RESOLVED: "That the Officers should arrange for a report to be inserted in the "Daily Herald" and that a new appeal for support of the International Solidarity Fund should be issued to the movement. "
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