Reference HO 207/393
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter population and accommodation: arrangements for census
Former Department Reference O/LR 16
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Miscellaneous
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations Local Councils
Article(s) from The Daily Telegraph reproduced with permission of Telegraph Media Group Limited.


A file of documents relating to a census of air-raid shelters in the London region. Subjects discussed in the file include a proposal to survey shelter provisions, including public and domestic shelters such as those in schools and factories; a proposal to survey the number of bunks available in shelters; a proposal to survey shelter construction; a proposal to survey shelter occupant demographics; the need to include homeless people; and the need to consider domestic shelter habits, including sleeping arrangements and reactions to alerts. Other subjects discussed include the uncertain accuracy of the data due to difficulties in its collection, resulting from a shortage of wardens and the spread of disease; the postponement of data collection due to the Easter holidays; a proposal to survey the number of children in shelters; and the cost of labour employed on shelter construction work, including skilled and unskilled labour. The file also includes census data forms.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, amenities, bedding, bomb damage, censuses, children, civil defence, communications, construction, construction materials, defence works, demographics, demolition, disease, Easter, employment, engineering, factories, finance, fire prevention, fire services, first aid, gas, gas masks, healthcare, heating, holidays, homelessness, householders, housing, industrial workers, industry, infrastructure, labour shortages, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, London Underground, metals, newspapers, postal communications, public health, public opinion, public spaces, railway stations, railways, repair, salvage, sanitation, schools, skilled labour, statistics, steel, surveys, timber, unskilled labour, weather, welfare

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