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Afghanistan: Asylum

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 48288, tabled on 13 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of building bespoke housing for refugees on his Department's unused estate as an alternative to selling that land as part of the Better Defence Estate Programme.

Answered on

21 September 2021

In accordance with the principles of disposing of excess land, all surplus Defence land is made available to other Government Departments for alternative public use. We continue to engage across Government to make them aware of surplus land before it is released onto the open market. The Ministry of Defence also continues to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, and the Home Office support on a cross-Government efforts to identify how we can best support Local Authorities in their endeavour to home Afghan evacuees across the United Kingdom. This includes the provision of additional Defence accommodation where appropriate to do so.