'Thousands' of bogus UK students
There could be tens of thousands of bogus students in the UK, who entered before the tightening of student visa regulations, MPs have been told.
College leaders told the home affairs select committee they had been warning about bogus colleges for a decade.
The lack of control over colleges had been a "national scandal," said Tony Millins, head of language teaching association English UK.
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said such loopholes had now been closed.
The committee of MPs heard evidence on bogus colleges - which are often institutions set up as a cover for immigration fraud.
We got it wrong on immigration, says Johnson
Mr Johnson also acknowledged parts of Britain were struggling to cope. In his first speech on the subject, he said: "There are communities which have been disproportionately affected by immigration, where people have legitimate concerns about the strain that the growth in the local population has placed on jobs and services."
He argued progress was being made, saying: "While I accept that governments of both persuasions, including this one, have been maladroit in their handling of this issue, I do believe that the UK is now far more successful at tackling immigration than most of its European and North American neighbours."
His comments mark a striking change of tone. Only recently, Mr Johnson insisted he did not "lie awake at night" worrying about Britain's population reaching 70 million. The Home Secretary also conceded that some anti-terror proposals, such as the detention of suspects for up to 90 days without trial, had gone too far. "That probably was an understandable feeling: that we should be more draconian. But perhaps that wasn't the right way to go," he said.
Comment: a glaring example of how Labour got it wrong, but there is a sneaking suspicion that it might have been intended for immigration to increase.
Another unpopular ministry in the government, geared up to waste money, is the ministry for ID cards, now voluntary at present but the original plan was to make them compulsory.