This written ministerial statement, dated 11 January 2011, is a correction to an oral answer on asylum seeker accommodation. It was laid in the House of Lords by Baronees Neville-Jones and in the House of Commons by Damian Green.
I regret to inform the House that there was an inaccuracy in some of the information referred to in my answer to an oral question from the Hon. Member for East Lothian on 6 December 2010 (Official Report, column 17).
The response quoted an email sent by the Hon. Member for Glasgow South West, which stated that ‘Mrs Namir Rad… was not given only 24 hours’ notice’ of her impending change of accommodation. It has since come to light that the content of his email was incorrect. Mrs Rad was, on this occasion, given less than 24 hours notice of the requirement to move by the accommodation provider, Ypeople. Ypeople have since carried out an internal investigation and the error occurred because the organisation provided inaccurate information to the UK Border Agency. Ypeople have implemented controls to prevent this reoccurring and also to provide increased assurance of the accuracy of the information to the UK Border Agency.
The regional senior managers of the UK Border Agency have also implemented measures to ensure that no moves take place in Glasgow without their direct knowledge and approval and that no one will be asked to move at such short notice.