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

Priti Patel
Home Secretary

Ministers of State
James Brokenshire - Minister of State (Home Office)
Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)
Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Home Office)
Baroness Williams of Trafford - Minister of State (Home Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Chris Philp - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Victoria Atkins - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Jan 2021, 7 p.m.
Coronavirus restrictions are there to protect us all. Large gatherings are dangerous and put public health at risk. The police will enforce the law to save lives and those who blatantly ignore the rules should expect to receive fixed penalty notices. #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/97SIfnwUuS - Link
16 Jan 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Home Office engineers are working to restore data lost from the Police National Computer. Home Office Ministers are being kept updated on their progress. Read more here https://t.co/83HTh6fyXP - 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
Dec. 14 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Dec. 16 Urgent Questions Immigration Rules: Supported Accommodation
Jan. 14 Written Statements Reforming Pre-charge Bail
Nov. 18 Westminster Hall Asylum Seekers and Permission to Work
Dec. 10 Adjournment Debate Encouragement of Terrorism Offences
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Home Office - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Tabled: 7th January 2020

A bill to create a power of arrest, without warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 22nd October 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 5th March 2020

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 11th November 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 8th January 2020

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 8th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 19th March 2020

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.

Last Event - 3rd reading : House of Lords
Tuesday 24th November 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Ping Pong
Date TBA
Tabled: 24th September 2020

A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the authorisation of criminal conduct in the course of, or otherwise in connection with, the conduct of covert human intelligence sources.

Last Event - Report: 2nd sitting : House of Lords
Wednesday 13th January 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 3rd reading: House of Lords
Thursday 21st January 2021
Tabled: 3rd March 2020

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.

Last Event - 2nd reading : House of Lords
Tuesday 5th January 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Committee stage: House of Lords
Monday 25th January 2021

Home Office - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
21 Sep 2020, 3 p.m.
Home Office The Citizens’ Rights (Application Deadline and Temporary Protection) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1) (“the Act”) implements the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU, the EEA EFTA separation agreement and the Swiss citizens’ rights agreement (“the Agreements”).
21 Sep 2020, 2:55 p.m.
Home Office The Citizens’ Rights (Restrictions of Rights of Entry and Residence) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
These Regulations save and modify the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016/1052) (“EEA Regulations 2016”). They ensure that decisions to deport certain EEA nationals and their family members who are protected by the EU Withdrawal Agreement, the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement (the “Agreements”) (see section 39 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1) for the definitions of these Agreements) or by the United Kingdom’s domestic implementation of these Agreements can be made in accordance with Chapter VI of Directive 2004/38/EC, where that deportation is made on the basis of conduct committed before the end of the transition period provided for by the Agreements. Directive 2004/38/EC was implemented in the United Kingdom by the EEA Regulations 2016.
21 Sep 2020, 2:53 p.m.
Home Office The Citizens’ Rights (Frontier Workers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
These Regulations make provisions for frontier workers in order to fulfil the United Kingdom’s obligations under the withdrawal agreement, the EEA EFTA separation agreement and the Swiss citizens’ rights agreement (see section 39 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 for definitions of each of these agreements).

Home Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
1 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Immigration (Citizens’ Rights etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Regulation 2 amends the provisions of the Immigration (Citizens’ Rights Appeal) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/61) which in turn makes provision for appeals in connection with various immigration decisions relating to, or connected to, leave under residence scheme immigration rules. This amendment makes provision in particular for appeals in connection with decisions made under Appendix S2 Healthcare Visitor of the immigration rules. Appendix S2 Healthcare Visitor is the provision fulfilling the United Kingdom’s obligations under the withdrawal agreement, the EEA EFTA separation agreement and the Swiss citizens’ rights agreement (as defined in section 39(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c. 1)) to enable those who had applied for authorisation for a course of planned medical treatment before the end of the Implementation Period to enter the UK to receive that treatment.
25 Nov 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Antique Firearms Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
By virtue of section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (“the 1968 Act”), antique firearms are exempt from most of the provisions of that Act if they are sold, transferred, purchased, acquired or possessed as a curiosity or ornament. Section 58(2A) of the 1968 Act provides that a firearm is an antique firearm for the purposes of section 58(2) if it meets a number of conditions.
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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, 8 months ago

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

Petition Closed

Take action to stop illegal immigration and rapidly remove illegal immigrants

Gov Responded - 8 Oct 2020 Debated on - 19 Oct 2020
8 Jan 2021
closed 1 week, 2 days ago

Illegal immigrants are entering the UK in many different ways, including small boats from France which are not stopped by either French or British forces.

Petition Closed

Give non-British citizens who are NHS workers automatic citizenship

Gov Responded - 6 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
7 Oct 2020
closed 3 months, 1 week ago

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.

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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
14 Jan 2021, 5:55 p.m. Peter Kyle (Labour - Hove) Peter Kyle (Labour - Hove)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7781, if she will provide an updated timeline for the publication of her Department's Missing Children and Adults Strategy.

Answered by Priti Patel - Home Secretary

People that go missing include some of the most vulnerable in our society. The Government is determined that missing people and their families receive the best possible protection and support; from Government, statutory agencies and the voluntary sector.

While the majority of incidents of children going missing result in no harm, missing incidents can be associated with a number of criminal harms. The Home Office does not hold missing persons data centrally, but the NCA compiles missing persons statistics from police forces in the Missing Persons Unit Data report, published annually at


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