Short-term Holding Facilities: Paintings

Home Office written question – answered on 25 September 2023.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which immigration centres have painted over murals welcoming lone child refugees.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

The murals in question were painted over in the Kent Intake Unit at Dover.

The overwhelming majority of unaccompanied children who passed through the location last year were largely teenagers. It was not felt that the murals were age appropriate. We provide high-quality facilities at the Kent Intake Unit, which is fully equipped to meet all the needs of unaccompanied children upon arrival in the UK. Our priority is to move children on from the facility as quickly as possible, into a suitable Local Authority placement.

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