Meanwhile, at the Home Office...
From the Dail Mail:
Home Secretary John Reid is under pressure today after a further series of damaging revelations in areas which are the responsibility of his department.Tony Blair, 14 May 2006:
During another torrid weekend for the Home Office, it had to admit that more than 2,700 people had been wrongly labelled as criminals due to errors by the Criminal Records Bureau.
The disclosure came as ministers and officials continued to grapple with the fall-out from the foreign prisoners deportation fiasco, which has been going on for weeks.
To add to their difficulties it emerged that an immigration official had been suspended over allegations that he offered to help a teenage asylum seeker with her application in return for sex.
And it was disclosed that 232 foreign nationals arrested in counter terrorism operations had been allowed to remain in Britain as asylum seekers - including 18 who had only applied for refugee status following their arrest.
On Friday, new figures showed that 359 prisoners absconded from Leyhill Open Prison in South Gloucestershire between 2000 and 2006 - a rate of more than one a week.
It was later revealed that some of the prisoners who had escaped from the prison since 1999 were murderers and rapists.
And the Home Office is continuing to investigate claims that five illegal immigrants arrested after being sent to work at the IND's central London offices had been employed on the service's premises for years.
"Despite our attempts to toughen the law and reform the criminal justice system… the criminal justice system is still the public service most distant from what reasonable people want."No shit. Resign, Blair.