Calais: Child Refugees - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:50 pm on 29th February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department 5:50 pm, 29th February 2016

I am grateful to my noble friend for that question. I can tell him that 62% of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were 16 or 17; 26% were 14 or 15; and 8% were under 14. Of course, in this country the obligations under the Children Act mean that anyone aged under 18 will be taken into local authority care as a result of those duties.