Issued by the Labour Party Press & Publicity Dept., Transport House
Smith Square, London, S.W.1. 4.2.38.
A meeting of the National Council of Labour was held today to consider the situation in the Far East and matters connected with the Civil War in Spain.
Sir Walter Citrine reported that on Monday last he sent a letter to the Prime Minister expressing "the anxiety and horror felt in the Labour Movement at the terrible massacres of men, women and children in Spanish cities, especially in the last bombing raid on Barcelona, which is all the more tragic on account of the recent offer of the Government Minister of Defence to agree to the arrangement of an aerial truce, so far as open towns are concerned" and appealing to the Prime Minister to initiate some step to end this practice.
The National Council approved the action taken, noted the declaration made by the Foreign Secretary in the debate in the House of Commons on Monday, and decided that the British Government be urged to press forward with its proposals for securing a speedy agreement to put an end to such bombing outrages [in Spain].
The National Council than gave further consideration to the situation in the Far East, and in particular to its policy of a consumers' boycott against Japanese goods. A sub-committee was appointed to develop the machinery already agreed to for securing the effective operation of the boycott.
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