Reference HO 205/171
Title Regional narrative air-raid shelter progress reports for the period July 1941-November 1942
Former Department Reference O and O GEN 244/15/1 (Pts I-IV)
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations London
Organisations Civil Defence Executive Sub-Committee


A file of documents relating to monthly reports submitted by regional officers on the progress of air-raid shelter provision across the United Kingdom. Subjects discussed in the file include the distribution of shelters; the number of shelters required and completed, and further work required; the types of shelters, including shelters in schools, and domestic and public shelters; and shelter amenities and welfare provisions, including bunks, ventilation, sanitary facilities, medical aid, canteens and feeding provisions, lighting, heating, fire precautions, air-raid wardens, dormitory provisions, and drinking water. Other subjects discussed include future shelter schemes; flooding in Anderson shelters; shelter inspections; the issues of vermin infestations, disease, and hooliganism in the shelters; the supply of labour and construction materials; the strengthening of shelters; and the costs of shelter construction. Documents in the file include censuses of night-time occupants and shelter capacity in London, including statistics relating to the use of shelters in London Underground stations.


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