For illegal immigrants arriving in the UK, The Home Office spent thousands on Domino’s pizza.
According to figures published by a disclosure log for Home Office procurement card transactions, hundreds of pizzas were purchased from a Domino’s Dover location in July. Throughout the four-week period, the log revealed orders totalling more than £500.
In the disclosure log, there were five unique entries totalling over £500.
In July, the government agency spent a total of £6,757.52 on pizzas.
The takeout was offered while migrants were being held in Tug Haven, a Dover-based short-term detention centre where they are collected from the beach or water. £1,824 was the most costly entry.
“This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants that had been on the Tug Haven compound in Dover for over 12 hours, and were likely to stay over 24 hours due to issues blocking their movement with resources and the Irc (immigration removal centre) estate,” the agency wrote in the notes for the £1,824 order.
The following was written on a £1,789 entry: “Clandestine Operational Response Team (Cort) for use at Tug Haven where we have migrants arriving on small boats.”
“Due to the high number of migrants arriving and the length of time they had not eaten, it was agreed to purchase 200 pizzas.”
Three further Domino’s pizza orders were advertised as “heated food for migrants who had to stay overnight at Tug Haven” and cost £1,274.25, £1,000, and £870.27.
According to other entries in the disclosure log, hundreds of pounds were spent on tea, coffee, milk, and other refreshments for migrants at the Booker cash and carry wholesaler in Folkestone.
£3,960 was spent on “sun hats as requested by unions for staff and migrants at Tug Haven” that month, while £3,229.76 was spent on blankets.
“We are committed to delivering the best value for money for the British taxpayer,” a Home Office spokeswoman said.
“We ensure all spending is carefully scrutinised to make sure that every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent in the most effective way.”
According to Home Office estimates, at least 3,510 migrants arrived in the UK in July after crossing the border from France.
Hundreds of migrants arrived in one day on many instances during that month.
On July 19, 430 migrants arrived, which was the greatest number ever reported.
More than 17,000 migrants have arrived in the UK since the beginning of the year, more than doubling the total for the entire year of 2020.