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)

16 Oct 2019, 5:17 p.m.
Thanks to @CabAberdeen and everyone who joined us in @AberdeenCC today. Missed us? Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme online: https://t.co/CQWxb36dK6 Tomorrow we'll be at the Library at @GlasgowGoMA from 11:30-14:30. #EUCitizens #Brexit #SettledStatus https://t.co/Q7Y8yGWmp3 - Link
16 Oct 2019, 5 p.m.
"'Nobody prepares you for the hate you get online... from strangers telling you to go back home or commenting on the colour of your skin." Blogger Babatunde Ogunsina explains how he tackles #HateCrime. Find out more: https://t.co/nnWpRNQ8e6 #NationalHCAW #NoPlaceForHate https://t.co/GI606rZ0lr - 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
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions Operation Midland Independent Report
Oct. 08 Written Statements Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
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
Domestic Abuse Bill 2017-19 to 2019-20 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 Carry-over motion: House of Commons 7 October, 2019 15 Oct 2019, 2:33 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.
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 5 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, 4 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, 2 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 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
8 Oct 2019, 4:11 p.m. Asylum Afzal Khan

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with her counterparts in EU Member States to help ensure that take charge requests are submitted to the UK before its departure from the EU.

Answer (Brandon Lewis)

It has not proved possible to respond to the Hon Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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