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)
Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
Baroness Williams of Trafford
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
Lord Rosser (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Labour)
Shadow Home Secretary
Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
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)

4 Aug 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Our new Health and Care Visa is now open for applications and will ensure that the UK continues to attract bright and intelligent individuals to continue to work in the UK’s healthcare sector. More info here: https://t.co/rGSARBPrWq https://t.co/qHa3oHtryg - Link
3 Aug 2020, 6 p.m.
Ian endured an attack that lasted almost 7 hours, when he was beaten with a metal bar by his girlfriend. Listen to his story on why he’s campaigning to end #DomesticAbuse for good. #YouAreNotAlone https://t.co/a16RYLjhuQ - 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. 13 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Organised Crime in Rural Areas
Jul. 21 Adjournment Debate Misuse of Nitrous Oxide
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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 7 Jul 2020, 12:34 a.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 2nd reading (Minutes of (Proceedings): House of Lords 22 July, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

7 Sep 2020

31 Jul 2020, 7:25 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 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 July, 2020 15 Jul 2020, 9:33 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) 21 Jul 2020, 9:14 p.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
3 Aug 2020
In Force
24 Aug 2020
Home Office Persons Subject to Immigration Control (Housing Authority Accommodation and Homelessness) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Persons subject to Immigration Control (Housing Authority Accommodation and Homelessness) Order 2000 (“the 2000 Order”).
21 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order amends the Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/792) (“the Principal Order”), which requires a person who applies for entry clearance for a limited period, or for limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom, to pay an immigration health charge.
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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, 3 months ago

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

c. 519 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 2 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, 2 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.

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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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Aug. 04 Removing hidden blades from detainees Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 03 Home Office voluntary report on disability, mental health and wellbeing 2019 Guidance and Regulation
Jul. 31 Windrush Compensation Scheme data: July 2020 Transparency
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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
4 Aug 2020, 11:20 a.m. China: British National (Overseas) Lord Alton of Liverpool


To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, when determining the eligibility of British National (Overseas) passport holders to settle in the UK, to ascertain whether the applicants (1) have supported the Chinese Communist Party in the past, and (2) are committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Answer (Baroness Williams of Trafford)

The Home Secretary was pleased to recently announce details of the new immigration route for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) citizens, which can be found at:


The eligibility requirements are set out in the policy statement.

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