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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Dec 2019, 11:26 a.m.
.@cityoflondon are holding drop-in sessions for anyone affected by last week’s incident in #LondonBridge. Advice and support will be available. Find out more: https://t.co/wDlynftKo5 - Link
30 Nov 2019, 1:04 a.m.
Watch Home Secretary @patel4witham’s statement on the #LondonBridge terrorist attack following a COBR meeting. https://t.co/mzRMdJfjZX - 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
Nov. 04 Written Statements Work of the Department
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] 2019-20 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.
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.
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 Carry-over motion: House of Commons 7 October, 2019 8 Oct 2019, 10:45 a.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.
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.
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 7 months, 1 week 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, 6 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, 4 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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Dec. 06 EU Settlement Scheme: Assisted Digital service Guidance and Regulation
Dec. 06 Firearms licensing Guidance and Regulation
Dec. 06 Circular 010/2019: Firearms Regulations 2019 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Rules 2019 News and Communications
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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
5 Nov 2019, 5:22 p.m. Immigration: Windrush Generation Afzal Khan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she is aware of meetings that have taken place between the office of Wendy Williams and stakeholder (a) individuals and (b) organisations on the Windrush lessons learned review.

Answer (Seema Kennedy)

We are aware that the review has engaged with a broad range of stakeholders as set out in the published methodology. As the review is independent, other than those publicly advertised, the detail of that engagement is not known by the Department.

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