Reference HO 192/1213
Title Dispersal and Movement survey
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/34
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Industry and Infrastructure, Bombing and Attacks on the Population, Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Manufacturing and materials, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Disruption to services, Dislocated populations
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham


A file of documents relating to a survey of the dispersal and movement of industrial firms. Subjects discussed in the file include different types of dispersal; the names and addresses of the contractors involved; the dispersal location points; the reasons for and the commencement and completion of dispersal; the cost of the movement; requests for labour and production charts; the firms' attitudes towards dispersal; fluctuations in raw material orders; and delays in finding the new premises, moving the contractors, and resuming production. Other subjects discussed include labour provisions; the circumstances of the original locations, including bomb damage; the requirements for the new locations, including space and facilities; the circumstances of the new locations found; difficulties in housing and billeting, and in gas, water, and electricity supplies; the effect of dispersal on public transport; and the inspection of the firms by the authorities, including bomb damage and machine-tool inspections.


accommodation, administration, air raids, aircraft, air-raid precautions, amenities, baking, billeting, blackout, bomb damage, brass, cereals, electricity, employment, engineering, evacuable areas, evacuation, factories, female labour, finance, flour, food processing, gas, grants, housing, incendiary bombs, industrial decentralisation, industrial equipment, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, interviews, iron, labour shortages, labour supply, local authorities, metals, milling, motor vehicles, motorcycles, office workers, printing, public transport, radio, raw materials, requisitioning, statistics, surveys, tin, transportation, water supply, working conditions, working hours

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