HC Deb 13 October 1942 vol 383 cc1496-7
58. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the Anderson shelters have been offered for salvage; how many are not being used now; and what is it proposed to do with them?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Miss Wilkinson)

No complete Anderson shelters have been offered for salvage, but a quantity of damaged parts has been disposed of as scrap and a number of surplus components sold for industrial purposes. Returns recently obtained from local authorities show that approximately 15,000 Anderson shelters have ceased to be required at their existing sites, and, in accordance with the practice which has been followed for some considerable time past, arrangements are being made to transfer these shelters to other areas where they are needed.

Mr. Sorensen

Has the hon. Lady seen the statement in the Press, that over 400,000 of these shelters are now being wasted? Would she say whether that is correct?

Miss Wilkinson

That statement was made by the Gallup poll people, who are as inaccurate on this point as they are on many others.