Chris Bryant MP, Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister, said in response to today's migration figures:
“These figures just go to show you can’t trust what this Government and this Home Secretary say about immigration.
“The latest net migration figures up to March 2011 show a 10% increase on the same period last year.
“And despite the protestations from the Home Secretary that her summer ‘pilot’ of relaxed controls was a success, we now know the number of non-asylum seekers caught and refused entry at UK ports went down by 12% this summer compared to last summer.
“Far from improving the number of detections of people with criminal records or not wanted in this country for other reasons, these figures suggest fewer of those people were stopped.
“The Government needs to come clean immediately about what really happened in this pilot, and tell us what estimates they have on the number of people who walked through our borders.”