– Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant
The Home Secretary now has some very serious questions to answer: how can she justify this cost to the taxpayer?
"Why is she continuing to cut the number of staff at UKBA and Border Force when both agencies are at breaking point?
"And at what point will she put her hands up and admit her mistake?
"The Home Secretary must now, as a first priority, secure the UK border with full trained, experienced officers, not temps with only three days training."
The troubled UK Border Agency has cut too many staff too quickly and is now having to hire extra people and increase overtime to meet demands, Whitehall's spending watchdog said today.