Home Office

The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Home Secretary

Ministers of State
Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP - Minister of State (Home Office)
Kit Malthouse MP - Minister of State (Home Office)
Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Home Office)
Baroness Williams of Trafford - Minister of State (Home Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Chris Philp MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Kevin Foster MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Victoria Atkins MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

18 Sep 2020, 11:30 a.m.
With over 300,000 patient contacts every day, healthcare professionals are well placed to recognise vulnerabilities in patients who are being groomed into terrorism. Hear about a real case and then view the full #Prevent video at https://t.co/5fJpxECphy https://t.co/cSeeHWiJam - Link
17 Sep 2020, 7:50 p.m.
There is #NoExcuseForAbuse. If you, or someone you know, is worried about their behaviour there is advice available at: https://t.co/Jp7WIomoJT https://t.co/PuzMBZz9ZY - Link
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Home Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 13 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Organised Crime in Rural Areas
Jul. 21 Adjournment Debate Misuse of Nitrous Oxide
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Home Office - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 June, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:38 p.m.
To provide for the payment out of money provided by Parliament of expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State or a government department under, or in connection with, the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-21 Report stage: House of Commons 8 September, 2020 11 Sep 2020, 12:21 a.m.
A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences
Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2019-21 Committee: 4th sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 16 September, 2020 Report stage: House of Lords

30 Sep 2020

17 Sep 2020, 7:12 p.m.
A Bill to make provision to end rights to free movement of persons under retained EU law and to repeal other retained EU law relating to immigration; to confer power to modify retained direct EU legislation relating to social security co-ordination; and for connected purposes.
Fire Safety Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 8 September, 2020 15 Sep 2020, 6:50 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the application of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 where a building contains two or more sets of domestic premises; and to confer power to amend that order in future for the purposes of changing the premises to which it applies.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 July, 2020 15 Jul 2020, 9:33 p.m.
To make provision in relation to domestic abuse; to make provision for and in connection with the establishment of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner; to prohibit cross-examination in person in family proceedings in certain circumstances; to make provision about certain violent or sexual offences, and offences involving other abusive behaviour, committed outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Home Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
10 Sep 2020
In Force
1 Oct 2020
Home Office Coronavirus (Retention of Fingerprints and DNA Profiles in the Interests of National Security) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations provide for extension of the time limits that apply to the retention of certain fingerprints or DNA profiles. The Regulations apply in respect of fingerprints or DNA profiles that are retained under certain counter-terrorism provisions, or that may otherwise be relevant to the interests of national security.
10 Sep 2020
In Force
5 Oct 2020
Home Office Immigration and Nationality (Replacement of Tier 4 and Fees) and Passport (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Licensed Sponsors Tiers 2 and 4) Order 2009 (“the 2009 Order”), the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 (“the Immigration Fees Regulations”) and the Passport (Fees) Regulations 2018 (“the Passport Fees Regulations”).
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Petitions addressed by Home Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Ban all ISIS members from returning to UK

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 18 Mar 2019
6 May 2019
closed 1 year, 4 months ago

Ban all ISIS members from returning to the UK, remove their citizenship and passports

c. 394 added daily

Give non-British citizens who are NHS workers automatic citizenship

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 6 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
7 Oct 2020
closes in 2 weeks, 4 days

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.

Petition Closed

Introduce automatic approval of visit visas for families of British Citizens

Gov Responded - 22 Jan 2018 Debated on - 9 Jul 2018
6 Jun 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Family members of UK Citizens shouldn’t have to meet the same criteria as other applicants for a visit visa. Not being a citizen doesn’t make our parent, siblings, children or grandchildren any less a part of our family. The only requirement should be that a British relative sponsors them.

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Home Office Select Committee

Home Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

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Home Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
17 Sep 2020, 5:56 p.m. Immigration Controls: Ports Karen Bradley


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on introducing automated exit checks for people departing the UK; and whether exit checks will be carried out on (a) all travellers and (b) at all ports from 1 January 2021.

Answer (Kevin Foster)

We re-introduced exit checks in April 2015 to further complement our work on border security, plus support the Home Office’s wider work to deal with illegal immigration.

The vast majority of passengers leaving the country on scheduled commercial international air, sea and rail routes now go through exit checks. The data collected is already providing the police and security services with information to help track the movements of known criminals and terrorists.

Border Force hold data for outbound alerts issued by Border Force at the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC). However, we do not hold a breakdown of the data in the format requested.

A variety of agencies, including Border Force, undertake in person outbound interventions, as a result of this activity there is no single record held on their respective outcomes.

Government is working to ensure all parties including other government departments, traders, industry and passengers are prepared for the changes which will come into effect at the UK border on 1 January 2021.

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