London Tube Shelters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Walter Windsor Mr Walter Windsor , Kingston upon Hull Central

asked the Home Secretary the considerations that led to the decision to close certain London tube stations as air-raid shelters as from 3rd August?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The majority of the London tube station shelters are very sparsely occupied, and the use that is being made of them does not justify the labour and expense involved in maintaining all of them as shelters. The decision temporarily to close certain of the shelters was taken in the interests of economy and simplification of management. Arrangements have been made to reopen at very short notice the shelters scheduled for closing, should circumstances so require, and the choice of stations which are to remain open has been so made as to provide in each local authority's area a nucleus tube shelter organisation which can quickly be extended to the other stations in that area.