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Tube Shelter Accident

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 16 March 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he can give further information in connection with the London shelter disaster; whether the shelter steps were well lighted; how many people were killed, giving the number of men, women and children separately and the number injured; whether compensation will be paid; and what he intends doing about the matter?

The figures of casualties are as follows: Killed: 33 men, 96 women, 44 children (under 16). Admitted to Hospital: 14 men, 33 women, 15 children. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions that compensation will be paid as for war injury. As regards the remainder of the Question, I do not think it would be proper for me to anticipate the conclusions of the independent inquiry now in progress.