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UK former border chief 'failed'

A group of MPs has launched a scathing attack against the head of Britain's tax office today for her "catastrophic leadership failure" when she was in charge of the country's border controls.

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MPs: 'UKBA provided inaccurate asylum numbers'

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 Home Affairs Select Committee has published a report on the performance of the UKBA. Credit: Press Assocation

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.

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