HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc980-1W
Mr. Groves

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many of the Anderson air-raid shelters in and around the area of South Benfleet, Essex, are still waterlogged and unusable; whether his departmental engineers have consulted with the local authorities respecting the provision of a more suitable type of shelter; what progress has been made; and when such alternatives are likely to be made available?

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to a similar Question asked by him on 26th October last. Since then the Regional Technical Adviser and his staff have on several occasions met and advised the local authority in detail in regard to water-proofing the steel shelters by internal concreting, a method which experience gained in other equally waterlogged parts of this region has proved to be both effective and economical. In these circumstances no question has arisen of providing an alternative type of shelter.