Reference HLG 900/8
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Arrangements. Camps for children
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Health and welfare
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ), Region 8: Wales (Cardiff HQ)
Locations Amble, Barry, Birmingham, Brecon, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Cowbridge, Cumberland, Gileston, Glamorganshire, Gloucestershire, London, Malvern, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Ogmore, Pembroke, Penybont, Radnor, Rhoose, Shrewsbury, Smethwick, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick
Organisations Advisory Committee on the Evacuation of School Children, British Medical Association, Central Medical War Committee, City Councils, County Councils, Local Councils, Local Education Authorities, National Council of Social Service, Rural District Councils, Women's Land Army, Young Men's Christian Association


A file of documents relating to the British government's plans to evacuate schoolchildren principally from the Birmingham area to South Wales and other reception areas in the north of England. Subjects covered in the file include billeting provisions for child evacuees in the evacuation camps; the issue of making arrangements for disabled children; and food and railway transport provisions for evacuees. Other subjects include the requisitioning of holiday camps and youth hostels for billeting purposes; fuel provisions for evacuation wardens to heat the billets; and governmental funding for medical provisions for evacuees, including doctors' wages. Documents in the file include a survey of available youth hostel amenities; and a discussion of financial compensation by the government to local authorities for the costs of billeting provisions and evacuation camp workers.


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