Reference HO 207/394
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter population and accommodation: statistics for all types of shelters
Former Department Reference O/LR 16/1-6
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations London
Organisations County Councils, Local Councils


A file of documents relating to the numbers of air-raid shelters and occupants in the London region. Subjects discussed in the file include the number of children under the age of fourteen years in London Underground tube shelters, including children under the age of five years; the need for tube-shelter inspections to improve the preparations for air raids; and the number of people using shelters on London County Council housing estates. Other subjects discussed include the compilation of a register of public shelters in each local authority, including the addresses, types, and capacities of shelters; the number of persons using public and domestic shelters; the habits of shelter occupants; problems relating to shelter conditions, including flooding and disease, and their impact on morale; and the availability of shelter accommodation, including the number of available bunks.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, amenities, bedding, censuses, children, communications, construction, defence works, demographics, depots, discipline, disease, finance, flooding, householders, housing, infants, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, London Underground, public health, public morale, public spaces, public transport, railway stations, railways, repair, rescue, roads, salvage, skilled labour, statistics, surveys, timber, traffic, transportation, unskilled labour, water supply, weather

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