Asylum: Housing

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether sites in his Department's estate were considered alongside RAF Linton-on-Ouse for use as an asylum accommodation site.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

In response to a request from the Home Office to examine whether Defence sites could be utilised to provide additional asylum accommodation capacity, the MOD undertook a review of the Defence estate to identify potential options. In order to minimise the operational impact to Defence, this review focused on transit and training sites and those sites due to be disposed of in the coming years, which included RAF Linton-on-Ouse. A number of other sites were considered and discounted.

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