Home Office spent thousands of pounds on takeaways in July, data shows
He home Office Thousands of pounds a month were spent on Domino’s Pizza to feed migrants arriving in Britain, figures show.
bought hundreds of pizzas from Dover According to an analysis of government department spending by the PA news agency, a branch of the fast food chain, in July.
A disclosure log for home office purchase card transactions costing more than £500 for a four-week period included five separate entries from UK Immigration Enforcement for such food orders, totaling £6,757.52.
This came as more crossing work was underway on Friday.
Takeaways were provided while migrants were at Tug Haven – a short-term holding facility in Dover where they are first taken from the beach or sea.
The most expensive entry – £1,824 – said: “There was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants who had been at the Tug Haven complex in Dover for more than 12 hours, and were likely to stay more than 24 hours due to blocking issues. Resources and their movement along the IRC (Immigration Removal Centre) Estate.
An entry for £1,789 said: “Bought by the Secret Operational Response Team (Court) for use in Tug Haven where we have migrants arriving on small boats. The food was not eaten, so it was agreed to buy 200 pizzas.
Three other Domino’s Pizza entries – for £1,274.25, £1,000 and £870.27 – were listed as “hot meals for migrants who had to stay overnight at Tug Haven”.
The documents did not disclose the purchase dates nor the total number of pizzas purchased, and the Home Office said it could not provide the information.
Domino’s branch employees said they could not discuss the matter when contacted by the PA.
At least 3,510 migrants arrived in the UK in a month after crossing over from France, according to Home Office data analyzed by the PA.
Several hundred migrants arrived in a day on several occasions that month, the most recorded on 19 July when there were 430.
Since the start of the year, more than 17,000 migrants have managed to reach the UK – double the figure for the whole of 2020.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to providing the best value for money for the British taxpayer. We ensure that all expenses are carefully scrutinized to ensure that every pound of taxpayers’ money is saved. be spent in the most effective way.”
Last year a watchdog said that Tug Haven “looks like a rubble-strewn construction site”.
Inspectors found that migrants “almost always” arrive wet and cold and then “often have to spend hours in the open air or in cramped containers”.
Peter Clark, the then Chief Inspector of Prisons, said: “Just because the numbers are unprecedented, it doesn’t mean they are unpredictable, or cannot be planned”, adding that arrangements at Tug Haven have seen a small number of arrivals. were also not suitable for
At the time the Home Office said it was “fully performing” its statutory duties to ensure that the facilities were decent and humane, adding: “We take the welfare of the people in our care very seriously. “