UK officials feared church 'evil' - 2007-06-01
With A-list celebrities among its followers and a string of unsavoury allegations from former members, the Church of Scientology is rarely far from the headlines.
But newly released government files from the National Archives at Kew show controversy surrounding the church in the UK is nothing new.
In the 1960s and 1970s officials debated whether or not to lift a ban on foreigners entering the UK to work or study at the church.
In the documents, high-ranking mandarins referred to the church as "evil" and some described it repeatedly as a "cult".
Many of the documents discussed a series of lawsuits filed by the church in the years after the entry ban was introduced in 1968.