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.

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
Seema Kennedy MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Victoria Atkins MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Aug 2019, 11:23 a.m.
The Home Secretary has released a statement following the tragic death of Thames Valley Police officer PC Andrew Harper. https://t.co/yDX4GqVrQ8 - Link
15 Aug 2019, 2 p.m.
We’re funding 57 organisations, including @royaldeaf, who are helping vulnerable #EUCitizens apply for #SettledStatus. Apply now: https://t.co/v5UFgo9T7l https://t.co/UB3wGS871d - 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. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 10 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Batten Disease
Jul. 23 Written Statements Advancing Our Health: Prevention in the 2020s
Jul. 16 Westminster Hall Public Health Funding: Enfield
Jul. 25 Adjournment Debate Spinal Muscular Atrophy
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Home Office Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 17 Jul 2019, 10:23 p.m.
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.
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 19 Feb 2019, 9:28 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 13 Feb 2019, 4:36 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about overseas production orders
Offensive Weapons Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 May, 2019 20 May 2019, 3:27 p.m.
To make provision for and in connection with offences relating to offensive weapons.

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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Aug. 16 Controlled drugs: industrial hemp Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 16 Controlled drugs: personal licences Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 16 Controlled drugs: import and export licences Guidance and Regulation
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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
8 Aug 2019, 11:50 a.m. Madeleine McCann Lord Black of Brentwood


To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 26 June (HL16299) concerning Operation Grange, whether they will publish the details of the Metropolitan Police Service's request for further funding until the end of March 2020 and place a copy in the Library of the House; and when a decision on that request is likely to be made.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

Special grant decisions are published after the end of the financial year. All special grant decisions can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/police-funding-special-grant-applications
The Metropolitan Police Service’s application for Special Grant funding for Operation Grange in 2019/20 will therefore be published in 2020.

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