Bad news for immigration lawyers this week – a report predicts that the already record-breaking backlog of asylum and immigration claims is set to grow even longer.

The National Audit Office (NAO) warns the backlog of 45,000 claims will increase as a result of computer implementation delays.

A further spanner could be thrown in the works if the system falls prey to the millenium bug. Siemens was due to develop a u77m computer system last October, but it is now expected to be finalised in January 2000.

According to a confidential NAO report due to be released in March, the existing systems are not guaranteed to be millenium compliant.

The Independent