To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what changes have been made to the criteria and process for determining whether a person is suitable to be accommodated at Napier Barracks since the High Court’s ruling in June 2021.
24 May 2022
The suitability criteria was published in May 2021, and there have been no changes since publication.
The Home’s Office’s “Allocation of Accommodation” guidance (Allocation of accommodation policy (publishing.service.gov.uk) sets out a range of factors to be considered when assessing the suitability of individual asylum seekers to particular types of accommodation and includes specific guidance for the Napier site. A number of changes were introduced to the accommodation arrangements and other facilities at the site following the High Court judgment, generally aimed at more effectively managing Covid risks, better safeguarding arrangements, improvements in the living conditions and other facilities and clearer information to the residents on a range of matters, including that they are free to leave the site if they wish.