Amber Rudd is under renewed pressure to resign after denying the Home Office imposed targets for the number of people it wants its enforcement teams to deport – only for a report to appear to contradict her.
The Home Secretary will have to explain herself to Parliament after being summoned by Labour to answer an urgent question on the issue.
Questioned about the Windrush scandal on Tuesday, Ms Rudd had told MPs on a powerful parliamentary committee that there were no targets for deportations, adding: “That’s not how we operate”.
But questions were raised about her evidence to the Home Affairs Committee after a government document from 2015 emerged showing that targets for “voluntary” deportations did exist.
Ms Rudd’s claims also contradicted evidence given to the same committee by representatives of immigration staff, who insisted employees are given targets for how many people they should deport.