British immigration officials misled Parliament: Report

Published on Nov 22, 2012 9:01 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Senior British border officials misled parliament by claiming they had dealt with a backlog of 147,000 asylum and immigration claims, according to a report published on Thursday.

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine said that inefficiencies in the UK Border Agency's (UKBA) operation to deal with the archive of applications - submitted before March 2007 - meant it had 100,000 items of unopened post at one point.

"An examination of controlled archive cases showed that the security checks - which the agency stated were being done on these cases - had not been undertaken routinely or consistently since April 2011," said the report.

Mr Keith Vaz, chair of the House of Commons home affairs select committee, called it "a devastating report into the way in which the UKBA administrates the immigration system.

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