23 March 2022
Vara urges Homes for Ukraine scheme to learn from the success of the settlement of Uganda Asians

Speaking in Prime Minister’s Questions, Shailesh Vara highlights the success of the settlement of Asians from Uganda 50 years ago this year and urges the PM to learn those positive lessons so that the Homes for Ukraine scheme has maximum success.

Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire) (Con)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of Asians from Uganda, the country where I was born. Under Ted Heath’s Government, people across the country opened up their homes for many of those Asians, who then settled and became part of the fabric of our great nation. That British generosity is again being seen as people open up their homes for those fleeing Ukraine and coming to our country. May I urge the Prime Minister to pick up those files from 50 years ago, wipe off the dust and take on board those positive lessons, so that we can ensure that the Homes for Ukraine scheme has maximum success?

The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson)

Yes, I think the whole country can be proud of the way the UK welcomed people fleeing Idi Amin’s Uganda. Several Members of the House, including the Home Secretary herself and her family, were beneficiaries of that scheme and that moment. This country is overwhelmingly generous to people fleeing in fear of their lives and will continue to be so.