Reference HLG 900/12
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Arrangements. Disposal of surplus equipment and furniture
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Rationing and Supply
Subthemes Retail and consumer goods, Reception and billeting, Health and welfare, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Official Correspondence, Statistical Data, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Region 7: South Western (Bristol HQ)
Locations Amberley, Axbridge, Barking, Bideford, Brentwood, Bristol, Camelford, Clevedon, Darlington, Devon, Dursley, East Ham, Exeter, Hayle, Honiton, Ilford, Ilfracombe, Kingsbridge, Liskeard, London, Martock, Newton Abbot, Penzance, Plaistow, Romford, Somerset, South Molton, Stratford, Stroud, Taunton, Tavistock, Tewkesbury, Thornbury, Tilbury, Torquay, Totnes, Walthamstow, Warminster, Weston-super-Mare, Woodford
Organisations Borough Councils, County Councils, Public Assistance Authorities, Royal Air Force, Rural District Councils, Save the Children Fund, Town Councils, Urban District Councils


A file of documents relating to the disposal of surplus equipment and furniture primarily in the South West of England, which resulted from the British government's evacuation scheme. Subjects covered in the file include the reselling of surplus equipment, such as bedding, cooking utensils, medical supplies, household equipment, heating and lighting equipment, and clothing from evacuation camps, hostels, hospitals, and nurseries due to financial concerns; and the setting of prices for the reselling of equipment. Other subjects discussed in the file include how the need for the disposal of equipment and supplies was raised; the selling of furniture at a public auction; and providing surplus items to the homeless. Documents in the file include lists of statistical data of supplies and equipment available, locally purchased, supplied by the government, sold, or to be disposed of, returned, or resold; and a list providing details of an inventory of food supplies.


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