Reference ED 136/116
Title Evacuation Committee Report to the Home Secretary. Planning of evacuation; notes and various lists
Former Department Reference 2107(1)
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Unofficial evacuations, Pre-war planning
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London
Locations Aylesbury, Balham, Bethnal Green, Bootle, Bradford, Cheshire, Devonshire, Dundee, Durham, Ealing, Edgware, Edinburgh, Enfield, Essex, Gateshead, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Harrow, Hertfordshire, India, Islington, Kingston upon Hull, Lancashire, Maidenhead, Malling, Morden, New Cross, Nigeria, Palestine, Plymouth, Richmond, Salford, Salisbury, Skegness, Sudbury, Syria, Tooting, Wimbledon
Organisations Advisory Committee on the Evacuation of School Children, Air Raid Precautions, Anderson Committee, Association of Education Committees, Association of Headmistresses, Association of Municipal Corporations, Boy Scouts Association, British Army, British Broadcasting Corporation, Children's Country Holiday Fund, Civil Defence and General Purposes Committee, Civil Defence Sub-Committee of Imperial Defence, Committee of Imperial Defence, Committee on Evacuation, General Post Office, Holiday Fellowship, Home Office, House of Commons, Incorporated Association of Head Masters, Interdepartmental Committee on Compulsory Evacuation, Local Education Authorities, National Federation of Women's Institutes, National Union of Teachers, Passive Defence Sub-Committee, Railway Companies' Technical Air Raid Precautions Committee, Royal Air Force, Royal Engineers, Standing Joint Committee of Industrial Women's Organisations, Sub-Committee on Evacuation, Unemployment Assistance Board, Women's Co-operative Guild, Women's Voluntary Service
Notes The following article(s) have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The Times, 21 September 1938, Protection of Children - Schools to Close if War Begins.


A file of documents relating to the British government's evacuation plans. Subjects covered in the file include transport, food, healthcare, and welfare provisions for evacuees; potential difficulties in evacuation; accommodation for billeting; the attitude of parents towards the evacuation of their children; the closure of schools; and compulsory evacuation. Other subjects discussed include the definition of priority classes; gardening work for evacuees to assist in home food production; the need to evacuate priority classes from vulnerable industrial areas; living conditions in the billets; and a proposal to prosecute parents for concealing children from evacuation or returning children to evacuated areas. Documents in the file include statistical data of the numbers of potential evacuees, schoolchildren, and accommodation available in reception areas for billeting; a discussion of evacuation and reception areas; and a discussion of informing parents and teachers of evacuation procedures to help schoolchildren to prepare.


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