Reference HO 192/1216
Title Austin Motor Co
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/39
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Industry and Infrastructure, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation


A file of documents relating to the Austin Motor Company Limited. Subjects discussed in the file include the issue of worker absenteeism, with a weekly analysis of the percentage of absentees compared to the total number of employees in each region; and an issue in analysing the statistics, due to time officers' inability to cope with the absentee lists after bad weather such as snow. Other subjects covered include the comparative accident figures, contrasting the accident numbers from a peacetime year with those for the war years, including periods both with and without air raids. Documents in the file include a letter from the British Broadcasting Corporation; and charts of the duration of public alerts and spotters' warnings between October 1940 and June 1941, detailing the number of raid-free days, the total alert and spotters' hours, and the total number of man-hours saved.


absenteeism, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid warnings, bomb damage, civil defence, industrial accidents, industrial equipment, industrial production, industrial workers, industry, labour supply, local authorities, motor vehicles, radio, statistics, surveys, weather, winter, working conditions, working hours

Cookies Notification

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.