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Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced a series of measures to tackle the "unacceptably long" queues faced by passengers travelling into Heathrow on non-EU passports.
He told ITV News Senior Political Correspondent Chris Ship that changes to the current system will be made immediately.
Immigration Minister Damian Green told the BBC that the Government is aware that non-EU passport holders spend too long queuing at Heathrow and that they are looking at short term fixes, such as hiring more staff in time for the Olympics, as well as long term solutions.
He said he met with the British Air Transport Association earlier today and they discussed how the Government can work with the airline industry to decrease queue times whilst maintaining robust borders.
Immigration Minister Damian Green has defended the UK Border Force tonight over their queue times by saying that the checks they make are crucial to keep the UK border secure.
He also said that British Airways released the figures that he quoted to parliament: that the average queue for passengers was an hour and a half during April, not almost three hours.
John Dickie, from business lobby group London First, says the length of time non-EU passport holders have to wait to get into the country is "damaging to business" and "bad for the whole of the UK economy."
Simon Buck, the Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (Bata) says the government now recognise that the situation in Heathrow needs both short term and long term solutions, and that both of these require more resources.
Passengers travelling into the UK through Heathrow last month were forced to queue at passport control for almost three hours.
Figures released by airport operator BAA showed that on April 30 there were passport queues of up to three hours at Heathrow's Terminal 4, twice as long as the figure Immigration Minister Damian Green suggested in the House of Commons.
On April 10 passengers in Terminal 5 faced queues of an hour, and on April 17 non-EU passport holders faced queues of two hours and thirty-five minutes.
Andrew Tingley, an immigration lawyer at Kingsley Napley, said it was "beyond farcical" that new rules requiring foreign nationals from outside the EU to have a biometric residents permit had left the IT system unable to cope.
Mr Tingley also warned of the impact on the UK's economy.
Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic Director of Operations, Safety and Security, said:
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The UK Border Force failed to meet their own immigration-queue targets at Heathrow almost every day last month.