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, which of his Department's sites are being considered for use as asylum accommodation in the future.

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

In 2020 Defence made available Napier Barracks in Kent to the Home Office to provide additional asylum accommodation capacity and this is expected to continue until 2025. In December 2021, in response to a further request for estate to enable processing of cross-channel migrants, Defence made available the former Defence Fire Training and Development Centre at Manston, Kent. Defence is currently in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Transfer of Occupation which will enable the Home Office to occupy RAF Linton-on-Ouse in order to provide additional asylum accommodation capacity.

The Home Office has not made any further requests for MOD sites beyond those mentioned above.

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