Fri. May 20th, 2022

The Home Office spent £ 6,757 in a month on Domino’s pizzas to feed migrants who arrived in the UK after crossing the canal from France, figures show.

Hundreds of pizzas were purchased from the Dover branch of the fast food chain in July, according to an analysis of government spending.

An information log for Home Office shopping card transactions costing more than £ 500 for the four-week period contained five separate items from UK Immigration Enforcement for such food orders, totaling £ 6,757.

Takeaways were provided while migrants were in Tug Haven – a short-lived facility in Dover where they were first taken from the beach or sea.

The most expensive entry – £ 1,824 – said: ‘This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants who had been on the Tug Haven link in Dover for over 12 hours and were likely to stay over 24 hours due to problems there. blocked their movement with resources and Irc (immigration removal center) property. ‘

A £ 1,789 entry said: ‘Purchased by the Clandestine Operational Response Team (Cort) for use in Tug Haven, where we have migrants arriving on small boats. Due to the large number of migrants who arrived and the time they had not eaten, it was agreed to buy 200 pizzas. ‘

It happened as several cruises were underway Friday, with at least six boats arriving at Walmer and St Margaret’s in Cliffe, Kent, according to eyewitness reports.

A group of people believed to be migrants are being taken to Dover, Kent, aboard a border craft after a small boat incident in the canal on Friday

A group of people believed to be migrants are being taken to Dover, Kent, aboard a border craft after a small boat incident in the canal on Friday

Three other Domino’s pizza items – for £ 1,274, £ 1,000 and £ 870 – were listed as ‘hot food for migrants staying overnight at Tug Haven’.

Neither the dates of the purchase were made nor the total number of pizzas purchased is stated and there is no further information in the documents.

The orders came in a month when at least 3,510 migrants arrived in the UK after crossing from France, according to Home Office figures analyzed by the PA.

On several occasions that month, several hundred migrants arrived in one day, with the highest recorded on July 19, when there were 430.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We are committed to providing the best value for money to the UK taxpayer.

‘We ensure that all expenses are carefully scrutinized to ensure that every kilo of taxpayers’ money is spent in the most efficient way.’

Since the beginning of the year, more than 17,000 migrants have managed to reach the UK – double the number for the whole of 2020.

Several other items showed that hundreds of pounds were spent on provisions such as tea, coffee, milk and other refreshments for migrants at Booker cash and carry wholesaler in Folkestone, among other suppliers.

Hundreds of pizzas were purchased from the Dover branch pictured above in the fast food chain in July, according to an analysis of government spending (file photo)

Hundreds of pizzas were purchased from the Dover branch pictured above in the fast food chain in July, according to an analysis of government spending (file photo)

A £ 1,789 entry said 200 pizzas were bought due to 'the high number of migrants who arrived and the time they had not eaten' (file photo)

A £ 1,789 entry said 200 pizzas were bought due to ‘the high number of migrants who arrived and the time they had not eaten’ (file photo)

An amount of £ 3,960 was spent on ‘sun hats at the request of unions for staff and migrants at Tug Haven’, and a further £ 3229.76 was spent on buying rugs that month.

Last year, a watchdog said Tug Haven ‘looked like a rubble built-up construction site’.

Inspectors found that migrants ‘almost always’ arrived wet and cold and then ‘often had to spend hours outdoors or in cramped containers’.

The then chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke said: ‘Just because the number is unprecedented does not mean it is unpredictable or unplanned’, adding that the events at Tug Haven were not suitable for even a small number of arrivals.

At the time, the home office said it ‘fully complied’ with its statutory duties to ensure facilities are decent and humane, adding: ‘We take the welfare of people in our care extremely seriously.’

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