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; and statistics on the number of bunks delivered to shelters. Topics covered in the documents include issues with the supply of construction materials for shelters; the low priority given to A.R.P. works in terms of labour and materials compared to other construction projects; the issue of dampness in shelters; and the division of responsibilities for shelters in London Underground stations between local authorities and the London Passenger Transport Board. Other topics discussed include the recruitment of shelter wardens; the improvement of ventilation at Underground stations; heating in surface shelters; and trials implementing the use of nasal sprays at public shelters in an attempt to combat the spread of infectious respiratory diseases.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, bedding, bridges, communal feeding, construction materials, departmental responsibilities, disease, first aid, furnishings, healthcare, heating, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, London Underground, material shortages, police, public health, railway stations, railways, sanitation, sewerage, shelter wardens, skilled labour, statistics, water supply

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