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Refugees

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what payments have been made for each of the past five years, and to which local authorities, in respect of Kurdish refugees, Bosnian refugees, Somali refugees, Vietnamese refugees, Chilean refugees and others; and if he will make a statement.

The following payments were made by my Department in 1989–90 and 1990–91 under a scheme of special financial assistance to local authorities in respect of Turkish asylum seekers:

Local Authority1989–901990–91
££
London Borough of Haringey599,400
London Borough of Hackney141,300
London Borough of Islington49,474
The following sums were subsequently recovered from those local authorities, following receipt of audited claims showing expenditure incurred by each authority:
£
London Borough of Haringey29,921
London Borough of Hackney141,300
London Borough of Islington5,680
During 1992–93, the following payments were made under a scheme of assistance in respect of displaced persons from the former Yugoslavia:
Local Authority1992–93
£
Ayelsbury Vale District Council23,332
Rochford District Council3,060
Uttlesford District Council44,408
Rochford district council subsequently withdrew its claim for assistance and repaid £3,060 to the Department. No other payments of grant in respect of refugees have been made by the Department. However, further amounts in respect of displaced persons from former Yugoslavia will be paid during the current financial year. Also, a new special grant in respect of unaccompanied refugee and asylum-seeking children from various parts of the world will be paid to local authorities this year.