A file containing documents relating to the progress of air-raid shelter provision in London. Documents in the file include a weekly progress report; statistics on shelter use in each local authority area; a report on the use of a London, Midland and Scottish Railway company depot in Stepney; and reports from local authorities on the shelter situation. Topics covered in the documents include the progress of securing additional shelters for public use; the total shelter capacity of the region; delays to the opening of additional shelters; the failure of some local authorities to utilise potential shelters until there is a clear demand; and the supply of construction materials for shelters. Other topics discussed include investigations by plain-clothes detectives into shelter conditions; the appointment of a shelter superintendent by the London Passenger Transport Board; and an application by Finsbury to construct special two-decker shelters, and shelters with isolation areas for people with contagious illnesses.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, bedding, bridges, construction, construction materials, depots, disease, education, entertainment, factories, food supplies, furnishings, hotels, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, London Underground, police, public health, public morale, railway stations, railways, religious buildings, salvage, sanitation, sewerage, shelter wardens, statistics, storage, timber

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