Committee of Public Accounts Press Notice

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report: The cancellation of Bicester Accommodation Centre

In Bicester, the Home Office spent almost £28 million and worked for four yeas on the asylum centre that never was.

The Home Office drove ahead with a project to build a network of asylum accommodation centres, without an eye on what was happening to the numbers of those seeking asylum in the UK. And, inexplicably, the Department seriously misjudged the level of opposition it would face.

These factors led to the process being dragged out and the prices getting hiked up.

And two years since pulling the plug on the scheme it still isn’t over. The site the Home Office bought is sitting dormant and no one seems to have any idea what to do with it.

The Home Office has been making grand statements about how much it is improving its project management. But we are yet to see any improvements to back up this rhetoric.

Notes for Editors

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