Extract NCL 33 21/3/39
It was reported that a new illustrated 8 pp leaflet had been prepared with a view to reporting the activities of the International Solidarity Fund during the Spanish Civil War, and at the same time appealing for further support in aid of the Relief of Spanish Refugees (See Appendix II.) - Approved.
At a later stage it was stated that the Mexican Government were prepared to absorb 25,000 of the Spanish Refugees at present in France, but that the necessary finance and transport would need to be found elsewhere.
The Spain Committee of the Labour Party which had had the matter under consideration urged that the National Council of Labour should make representations to the British and French Governments to combine in providing the necessary finance and transport facilities.
RESOLVED: "That representations accordingly be made on behalf of the National Council of Labour."
It was also reported that requests had been made for the assistance of some 360 Spanish sailors and others who found themselves in British ports and unable safely to return to Spain in existing circumstances. British Transport Unions had contributed £1,000 to the International Solidarity Fund for this purpose, but this sum was insufficient, and, while local Labour Organisations in the ports concerned were rendering assistance, representations would probably have to be made to one or other of the existing Committees concerned with Spanish Relief.
The Spain Committee of the Labour Party also desired that the National Council of Labour should consider as to the extent to which employment could be found for Spanish Refugees in this country, and it was
RESOLVED: "That the matter should be the subject of enquiry and report to a further meeting of the Council."
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