THE SPANISH IMBROGLIO Two days later, on the evening of i6th March, the Prime Minister spoke again on the foreign situation^ this time arising out of the affairs of Spain^ -where as a result of a great and un- expectedly sudden victory the Nationalist Forces under General Franco -were threatening by a march to the Mediterranean to cut off the Republicans in Catalonia from those in central and southern Spain. The Opposition^ in its anxiety to assist the Spanish Socialists and Communists in their hour of adver- sity^ attributed this victory entirely to Italian and (according to Sir Archibald Sinclair) German troops, whereas it now appears from the number of foreign prisoners and material cap- tured in that action by the Nationalists that the foreign help given at that time to the Republicans was very substantial. This, however^ the Opposition almost entirely ignored. Mr. Green- wood said that the Prime Minister by his inaction was by impli- cation selling Spain to Mussolini as he had sold Austria to Hitler. Mr. Attlee^ moving the adjournment^ urged a *' craven government99'to end non-intervention and to take a firm stand^ regardless of consequences^ on behalf of his friends in Spain by supplying them with arms and ammunition. " I give the Govern- ment this warning. They have had many chances lately of taking a stand on the side of freedom^ a stand for collective security and a stand on the side of international lawy and of preventing things from going down the abyss. Those chances have been neglected. They have another chance now by joining with France and concerting with them measures to help the people of Spain, and if they reject it, it may be a case of now or never."