A Ministry Circular on Demolition Steps for the demolition or removal air-raid shelters was issued about June 1945, stated that "no general policy demolition or removal is yet justified, because the labour force is required for works of more pressing urgency, but it has been decided that, without prejudice to questions of general policy, shelters of the following categories may demolished or relinquished and when labour becomes available for the work entailed". The devil was in the detail of the "following categories" mentioned in the circular.
The Dundee Courier 22 Sep 1945 said:
"Only under certain circumstances may the removal of school air raid shelters be undertaken at the present time. This restriction is necessitated the shortage of labour, according to the Scottish Education Department in a letter read at Cupar and District S.M.C. yesterday. The letter stated shelters may only, demolished where they constitute physical danger to pupils, where baffle walls and other precautionary measures are preventing full use of school premises and where shelters are occupying sites required for school development and extension."
Looks as if there were enough loop holes to get rid of them earlier rather than later.
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