Stops "not based on race"

People stopped at railway stations in spot checks by immigration officers were not targeted on the basis of their race, the Government's Immigration Minister insisted today.

People not stopped according to race insists government

People stopped at railway stations in spot checks by immigration officers were not targeted on the basis of their race, the Government's Immigration Minister insisted today.

Mark Harper said the choice of London Underground stations for spot checks was driven by intelligence, and that individuals were picked out for questioning on the basis of their behaviour, not their skin colour.

The Equality andHuman Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the immigrationchecks for possible discrimination, and is also probing a HomeOffice campaign, which saw vans deployed in parts of London withthe message to illegal immigrants that they should "go home" or face arrest.