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
Kit Malthouse MP
Minister of State (Home Office)
Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP
Minister of State (Home Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Victoria Atkins MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP (Labour)
Shadow Home Secretary
Shadow Ministers
Afzal Khan MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Security)
Louise Haigh MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Jan 2020, 7 a.m.
Earlier this week, Home Secretary @patel4witham visited a counter terrorism police training facility to watch officers responding to a mock terrorism incident. @TerrorismPolice will receive an additional £90m for 2020/21, bringing the total to over £900m. https://t.co/Pnw1h8EM1w https://t.co/32Bl13g6WU - Link
21 Jan 2020, 11:33 a.m.
Funding for @TerrorismPolice is to be increased by £90m for 2020/21. We are also introducing tougher sentences for the most serious terrorist offenders, more support for victims and a major overhaul of prisons and probation. Read more: https://t.co/Pnw1h8nb9Y https://t.co/NJo96qSLCI - 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
Oct. 28 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 28 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions Operation Midland Independent Report
Jan. 21 Written Statements Countering Terrorism
Oct. 02 Westminster Hall Free Movement of EU Nationals
Jul. 25 Adjournment Debate Spinal Muscular Atrophy
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Home Office Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-19 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 24 October, 2019 25 Oct 2019, 10:52 a.m.
A Bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences.
Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill 2019-20 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate)

8 Jan 2020

8 Jan 2020, 12:42 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.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019 Committee Debate: 3rd sitting: House of Commons 31 October, 2019 (1) (2) 8 Oct 2019, 10:45 a.m.
A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill 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.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20 Committee Debate: 3rd sitting: House of Commons 31 October, 2019 (1) (2) 7 Nov 2019, 3:13 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before Dissolution. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill 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.
Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

4 Feb 2020

22 Jan 2020, 9:38 a.m.
A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-19 Committee Debate: 3rd sitting: House of Commons 31 October, 2019 (1) (2) 7 Nov 2019, 3:13 p.m.
A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill 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.
Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 Committee Debate: 10th sitting: House of Commons 5 March, 2019 (1) (2) 19 Jun 2019, 7:24 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.
Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 Royal Assent 12 February, 2019 26 Sep 2019, 10:47 a.m.
To make provision in relation to terrorism; to make provision enabling persons at ports and borders to be questioned for national security and other related purposes; and for connected purposes.
Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 12 February, 2019 26 Sep 2019, 3:43 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about overseas production orders
Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 May, 2019 26 Sep 2019, 4:26 p.m.
To make provision for and in connection with offences relating to offensive weapons.

Petitions addressed by Home Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
598,254
Petition Closed

Ban all ISIS members from returning to UK

Gov Responded - 27 Nov 2018 Debated on - 18 Mar 2019
6 May 2019
closed 8 months, 3 weeks ago

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

71,178
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 1 year, 7 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.

14,297
Petition Closed

Introduce super visa category for parents of British citizens similar to Canada

Gov Responded - 3 May 2018 Debated on - 9 Jul 2018
29 Jul 2018
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

Parents for British citizens are treated differently if they reside in countries outside the EU and are not EU citizens and government has made the settlement of parents under ADR practically impossible so we are looking for a middle ground as it is done in Canada with SUPER VISA

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Home Office Publications


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
7 Jan 2020, 1:56 p.m. Metropolitan Police Service's Handling of Non-recent Sexual Offence Investigations Alleged against Persons of Public Prominence Independent Review Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Independent Office for Police Conduct took 20 months to contact Sir Richard Henriques following his recommendation for an independent inquiry.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

Following Sir Richard Henriques’ review in 2016 of the handling of Operation Midland, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) referred a number of allegations to the then Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

On 7 October 2019, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published the report of its investigation into three of the officers involved in Operation Midland. This report includes learning recommendations for a number of bodies, including the IOPC itself.

Having an effective police watchdog to investigate allegations of wrongdoing is crucial to public confidence. The Government welcomes recent improvements by IOPC and further plans to improve. The Government will also introduce major reforms in early 2020, aimed at increasing the effectiveness, accountability and proportionality of the police complaints and discipline systems.

At the Home Secretary’s request, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) are carrying out an inspection of the MPS to ensure learning from Sir Richard’s report and the IOPC’s investigation has been taken on board. The Government will decide whether any further steps are necessary following publication of HMICFRS’ report.

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