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 Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat 5:50 pm, 29th February 2016

My Lords, does the Minister realise exactly how urgent the situation is? In a census last week, there were 5,497 residents in Calais, of whom 651 were children and 423 were unaccompanied children. France has of course started to clear the southern section of the camp of its 3,455 residents and will then begin on the north section, which has 2,042. What is to happen to these children when the French have cleared it? Will there be any humanitarian extension by the United Kingdom Government? The Minister might listen to just one suggestion. The Government have promised to bring in 20,000 refugees over four years. We will be coming to the end of the first year in May, which means that we should have accepted 5,000 refugees by then. Can he please tell me exactly how many have been accepted?