HC Deb 15 August 1940 vol 364 cc949-50
71 Sir Robert Young

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the inadequate provision of communal shelters in the area of which he has been privately informed; what number of shelters have been provided; what number of people can be accommodated in them; and, seeing the amount of war work being done by night and day in the locality, he will urge the county council concerned to expedite construction of the shelters required?

Sir J. Anderson

This district was not among those specified for the purposes of Part III of the Civil Defence Act, and until recently it was not contemplated that domestic shelter should be provided there. I understand that plans have now been drawn up for providing communal domestic shelters in the more crowded part of the district and that work will be put in hand as soon as materials are available. Proposals for public shelters on a sufficient scale have already been approved and work is in progress.