Bishop of St Albans on ending of child asylum admissions
11th February 2017
The Bishop of St Albans didn’t get the chance to respond to the Government statement in the House of Lords announcing an end to child asylum admissions under the Dubs amendment.
Here’s what he’d planned to say:
“My Lords, I join with many in this House, and indeed many of my colleagues on these benches, in expressing my disappointment and anger at the Government’s decision to end asylum admissions for vulnerable unaccompanied children under the Dubs scheme. 350 children does not come closing to fulfilling the spirit of the agreement that this House believed was being reached when the Government accepted Lord Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Bill. If local councils say they cannot cope with more children, that is because they are not being provided with adequate resources to do so. Rather than ending admissions under the scheme, HMG should be looking at how it can better support local authorities to take on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children over the next financial year.
“While I welcome all the Government is doing to support people in the refugee camps, Britain cannot and should not be seen to be turning its back on its obligations to the most vulnerable and needy. Does the Baroness, the Minister agree that this sends out the wrong message about our international priorities, and will she urge the Government to reconsider its position?”