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)

8 Apr 2021, 9:30 p.m.
Our New Plan for Immigration will crack down on criminal people smugglers while helping those, like Ibrahim and his family, in genuine need. Have your say at https://t.co/OnsQ7PgIyR https://t.co/3bE4Frh3kX - Link
8 Apr 2021, 6 p.m.
⚽ Tommy Wright used to be a striker for @LCFC, now he’s one of @leicspolice newest recruits 👮 Find out how you can start your career in policing at https://t.co/0g9rl4XsAU https://t.co/0nNEagbrd1 - 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
Mar. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 26 Urgent Questions UK Border: Covid Protections
Apr. 14 Written Statements Domestic Abuse Bill
Apr. 13 Westminster Hall UK Asylum System and Asylum Seekers’ Mental Health
Feb. 23 Adjournment Debate Death of PC Yvonne Fletcher
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Home Office - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 1st March 2021 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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 - Consideration Of Lords
Monday 22nd March 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Consideration Of Commons Amendments (Lords)
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Introduced: 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 - Programme Motion
Thursday 15th April 2021
(Read Debate)
Next Event - Consideration Of Commons Amendments (Lords)
Wednesday 21st April 2021

Home Office - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
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”).
Published
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.
Published
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
Laid
1 Apr 2021
In Force
4 May 2021
Home Office Marriage and Civil Partnership (Conversion of Civil Partnership and Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 (“the 2014 Regulations”) and the Registration of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Fees) Regulations 2016 (“the 2016 Regulations”).
Laid
29 Mar 2021
In Force
19 Apr 2021
Home Office Football Spectators (2020 UEFA European Championship Control Period) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order prescribes the control period under the Football Spectators Act 1989 (c. 37) (“the Act”) for the 2020 UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Football Championship final tournament. The control period begins on 6th June 2021, which is five days before the first match in the tournament, and ends when the last match played outside the United Kingdom in the tournament is finished or cancelled. The last match outside the United Kingdom is due to be played on 3rd July 2021.
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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 1 year, 11 months ago

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

131,625
Petition Closed

Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full

Gov Responded - 19 May 2020 Debated on - 3 Feb 2021
5 Sep 2020
closed 7 months, 2 weeks ago

The Government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”.

We, the British public, demand the release of the official research on grooming gangs undertaken by the Government in full.

126,440
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 3 months, 1 week 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.

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Departmental Select Committee

Home Affairs Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Home Affairs Committee
Yvette Cooper Portrait
Yvette Cooper (Labour - Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 27 Jan 2020
Dehenna Davison Portrait
Dehenna Davison (Conservative - Bishop Auckland)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Ruth Edwards Portrait
Ruth Edwards (Conservative - Rushcliffe)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Laura Farris Portrait
Laura Farris (Conservative - Newbury)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Simon Fell Portrait
Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Adam Holloway Portrait
Adam Holloway (Conservative - Gravesham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Tim Loughton Portrait
Tim Loughton (Conservative - East Worthing and Shoreham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Diane Abbott Portrait
Diane Abbott (Labour - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Andrew Gwynne Portrait
Andrew Gwynne (Labour - Denton and Reddish)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Diana Johnson Portrait
Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Home Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Home Affairs Committee - Private Meeting
21 Apr 2021, 9:30 a.m.
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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
16 Apr 2021, midnight Asylum: Gibraltar Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on using Gibraltar to host a UK asylum processing centre.

Answered by Chris Philp - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

We must consider every possible option to prevent people from putting their lives at risk to make perilous journeys – deterring abuse of the asylum system and criminality associated with it. As part of that work, we have looked at what a whole host of other countries do in order to inform a plan for the UK.

Specific discussions in respect of identifying a particular place for asylum processing would always be done in close partnership with that country jurisdiction.

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