On Monday during Parliament’s Questions to the Home Secretary, North Wiltshire MP James Gray urged the Minister for Immigration to provide more appropriate accommodation for the 82 asylum seekers, who are currently housed at the Wiltshire Golf Hotel outside Royal Wootton Bassett.
Mr Gray said:
“We in Wiltshire are proud of the fact that some 900 Ukrainians will be enjoying Christmas dinner with us and that we have entertained a large number of Afghans, who looked after us so well doing the war. However, we were very surprised when last Friday 82 young Albanian men were moved into the very rural and very distant Wiltshire Golf Club without any notice at all to the neighbouring retirement village. Will the Minister agree with me that this is an inappropriate location for people of this kind, who are very probably economic migrants, and will seek to advance them elsewhere as soon as he possibly can?”
The Minister for Immigration, The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, replied that:
“I am grateful to my honourable friend for that question. We don’t want to use hotels in any part of the country, we want to tackle the issue at its source. I understand the concerns of his constituents with respect to the hotel in Wiltshire. As I understand it, a smaller number of individuals have been accommodated there than perhaps he has been advised and that the local authority was informed in advance. But that doesn’t diminish the concerns of his constituents. I would happily talk to him and see what we can do to end this at the earliest opportunity.”
Mr Gray intends to take the matter forward with the Minister.