Reference HLG 900/1
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Evacuation Arrangements. Congested districts
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Statistical Data, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Region 2: North Eastern (Leeds HQ)
Locations Baildon, Barnoldswick, Bradford, Cheshire, Cleethorpes, Denholme, Derbyshire, Gainsborough, Grassington, Grimsby, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Ilkley, Ingleton, Kingston upon Hull, Lancashire, Leeds, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Lindsey, London, Nottinghamshire, Otley, Pateley Bridge, Scunthorpe, Sedbergh, Settle, Sheffield, Skipton, Wakefield, Yorkshire
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, County Councils, Emergency Committees, Royal Air Force, Rural District Councils, Waifs and Strays Society, Women's Institute


A file of government correspondence, statistical data, and meeting minutes relating to the British government's evacuation plans for congested areas of the North East of England. Subjects covered in the file include the areas to be included or excluded for billeting, including the concern over billeting near aerodromes that are at risk of air raids; the accommodation available in reception areas; food, transport, and bedding provisions for evacuees, including rail transport, cooking utensils and the distribution of railheads; billeting provisions for emergency evacuation; and the requisitioning of empty houses for accommodation for evacuees. Other subjects discussed include the evacuation of schoolchildren; the question of financial responsibility for evacuees' provisions; and air-raid precautions, including an outline of emergency evacuation procedures, the distribution of gas masks for the civilian population, the advertisement of evacuation plans in the Hull Daily Mail, the campaign to recruit volunteer wardens, and the construction of air-raid shelters.


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