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)
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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Labour)
Shadow Home Secretary
Shadow Ministers
Bambos Charalambous (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Sarah Jones (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Holly Lynch (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Conor McGinn (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Jess Phillips (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Jul 2020, 2 p.m.
We are running online events to help people find out more about the #Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme. Our next event will be held on Skype on 22 July between 6pm and 7:30pm. To find out how to join the event, visit https://t.co/MZr4SRWsxQ https://t.co/IAV2E3oLGs - Link
3 Jul 2020, 10 a.m.
It’s important to make sure your children #StaySafe online, and they can be protected from potential online harms including child sexual abuse. There is support available to parents and carers to make sure the internet is safe while we all stay connected. https://t.co/dLqO3B0Jc9 https://t.co/DeaFeFn3fj - 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
Jun. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 08 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jun. 29 Urgent Questions Covid-19: Support and Accommodation for Asylum Seekers
Jul. 02 Written Statements Biometrics Commissioner Annual Report
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Organised Crime in Rural Areas
Jun. 17 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: Asylum Seeker Services in Glasgow
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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 Programme motion: House of Commons 22 June, 2020 3 Jul 2020, 8:01 p.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 1st reading (Hansard): House of Lords 1 July, 2020 2 Jul 2020, 2:09 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.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21 Committee Debate: 12th sitting: House of Commons 17 June, 2020 (1) (2) Report stage: House of Commons

6 Jul 2020

3 Jul 2020, 8:55 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.
Fire Safety Bill 2019-21 Committee Debate: 2nd sitting: House of Commons 25 June, 2020 (1) (2) 30 Jun 2020, 10:32 a.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.

Home Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
1 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Relevant Public Authorities and Designated Senior Officers) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend Schedule 4 to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (c. 25). That Schedule sets out the public authorities, other than local authorities, who may exercise powers under Part 3 of that Act to obtain communications data, the statutory purposes for which the communications data may be obtained, the type of communications data which may be obtained, and the designated senior officers within those authorities who may authorise the obtaining of communications data internally in an urgent case.
15 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Immigration (Persons Designated under Sanctions Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations make provision in relation to immigration sanctions made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.
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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, 2 months ago

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

c. 659 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 3 months

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 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.

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
3 Jul 2020, 1:39 p.m. Telegram Stephen Doughty


To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the (a) security of and (b) use of by extremist, far-right and extreme-right organisations the platform Telegram.

Answer (James Brokenshire)

The Government has been clear that tech companies need to work together and act more quickly to remove all forms of terrorist content from their platforms.

We know that terrorists and extremists exploit a wide range of platforms to spread their views and to incite terrorist attacks, from mainstream platforms to secure messaging applications and anonymous forums.

To tackle terrorism online, the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU), based in the Metropolitan Police, refers illegal terrorist content to companies for removal. Within the Home Office, we work closely with our international partners and engage with industry colleagues to discuss how platforms can best safeguard their users from terrorism, while also encouraging tech companies work together as one coordinated body through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), to reduce the availability of terrorist content online.

Details of meetings between Ministers and external bodies and organisations are provided through the usual quarterly returns published by the Cabinet Office.

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