After a group of MPs launched a scathing attack against the former head of the UK Border Agency for her "catastrophic leadership failure," Immigration Minister Mark Harper says he has confidence the agency can be improved.
He said: "We have always been clear that the UK Border Agency was a troubled organisation with a poor record of delivery.
"Turning it around will take time but I am determined to provide the public with an immigration system they can have confidence in."
In its report into the work of the UKBA between July and September last year, the Home Affairs Select Committee said four new types of backlog came to light, taking the total number of cases to 312,726.
The committee concluded that for six years the UKBA "repeatedly supplied it with incorrect information" about the size of the asylum backlog and the checks being carried out to try and trace applicants in the controlled archives.
Its report said Lin Homer - former head of the UKBA - "continues to try and evade responsibility for her failings" and calls for a stronger role for Parliament when civil servants are being scrutinised for senior positions.
Lin Homer said it was "unfair" to blame her for things that happened after she left the UK Border Agency. The Home Affairs Select Committee was told it would take 24 years to clear through a backlog the size of the population of Iceland of asylum and immigration cases.
It is shocking that after five years under Lin Homer's leadership an organisation that was described at the beginning of the period as being 'not fit for purpose' should have improved its performance so little.
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The Home Affairs select committee said it was "astounded" Lin Homer was promoted to the £180,000-a-year role of Chief Executive of HM Revenue & Customs after her performance during the five years she spent at the top of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).