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The Shadow Immigration Minister has expressed concerns about border security at UK Airports following recent disruption at Heathrow Airport. Mr Bryant said that it is "vital for the government to provide resources to Border Forces" in order to cope with growing numbers coming to the UK.
Chris Bryant, Shadow Immigration Minister has said that recent leaked figures showing over a hundred breaches in border security at Heathrow's Terminal 3, dispels the Government's ' severe weather conditions' line.
Mr Bryant said:
Immigration Minister Damian Green has told an emergency Commons meeting that the Border Force are putting forward contingency plans to "ensure passengers are processed as quickly as possible" during the London 2012 Games.
Mr Green has said that Border security "must not be compromised", and that while the Border Force maintains security, they will seek to "improve" conditions.
Immigration Minister Damian Green is due to make an emergency Commons statement on the lengthy immigration queues at Heathrow. The statement follows weekend disruption at the airport amid concern that the issue is doing "huge damage" to Britain's reputation.
Retired immigration officers will be brought back to ease airport border control queues during the Olympics, it was reported.
Passport checkpoint veterans will return to duty over the summer to cope with the extra visitors set to descend on south east terminals, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
It was reported the Border Force, an agency of the Home Office, planned to spend £2.5 million bringing back ex-members of staff who will receive travel expenses, be given hotel accommodation and paid allowances of up to £30 an hour.
Head of the UK Border Force Brian Moore said "overwhelmingly people travelling to the United Kingdom get through our border very efficiently indeed".
On the issue of the Olympics, he added:
A spokeswoman for BAA, which owns Heathrow, said Friday night's long queues, which saw passengers waiting for up to an hour, had cleared by midnight.
Discussing the situation today, she said:
Lengthy queues at Heathrow cleared overnight - but further concerns were raised today about the reputation of the airport with the Olympics on the horizon.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "There is a real problem and the problem has emerged over the last few months.
"I'm not saying we should abandon checks, but it's a choice for the Government - you either look at the way you deal with people when they arrive at Heathrow or you recruit more staff.
"This is not just about the Olympics, this is about what happens before and after, it's about Heathrow as a world-class airport and it's about our reputation, and we need to make sure we get it sorted."
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Lengthy queues at Heathrow Airport cleared overnight but concerns were raised about the reputation of the airport and the UK as a whole.