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Air-Raid Shelters

Volume 436: debated on Thursday 24 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to compel householders to retain Anderson shelters which they do not want; what action he is taking to hasten the collection of such shelters; and by what date he estimates that this will be completed.

Under Section 28 of the Civil Defence Act, 1939, it is an offence to remove shelter materials provided free of charge from the premises for which they were provided without the consent in writing of the local authority. Local authorities have recently been reminded of the urgency of the need to collect shelters which householders have not exercised their option to purchase, but as Progress depends upon the availability of labour and transport I am unable to estimate when the collection will be completed