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New Flats (Air-Raid Shelters)

Volume 499: debated on Tuesday 22 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government to what extent it is the policy of his Department to encourage local authorities in London and other urban areas to include the provision of air-raid shelters in designing new blocks of flats.

I should like to encourage local authorities in vulnerable areas to provide air-raid shelters in new blocks of flats, so far as is possible without the use of scarce materials which are needed more urgently for other purposes.

While it is obvious that this proposal will represent a considerable saving in the provision of air-raid shelters, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Home Office are turning down schemes submitted for their approval for new blocks of flats in Lambeth and other vulnerable areas?