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Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Home Secretary needed to "to get a grip" this evening. She said:
The UK Border Agency says their IT systems are back up and running after an earlier failure.
Over £750 million pounds has been wasted over e-borders and £9.1 million on unreliable iris scanners, according to Keith Vaz of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
He described the situation as 'a shambles'.
Immigration lawyer Andrew Tingley says that new rules requiring foreign nationals from outside the EU to have a biometric residents permit had left the IT system unable to cope.
The UK Border Agency has admitted that there are problems with their IT systems.
The row comes as the Home Office continue to battle with queues of up to three hours long at Heathrow during the run up to the Olympic Games.