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.



Secretary of State

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Priti Patel
Home Secretary

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Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Lord Rosser (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
Lord Coaker (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
Nick Thomas-Symonds (LAB - Torfaen)
Shadow Home Secretary
Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Bambos Charalambous (LAB - Enfield, Southgate)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Sarah Jones (LAB - Croydon Central)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Holly Lynch (LAB - Halifax)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Conor McGinn (LAB - St Helens North)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Jess Phillips (LAB - Birmingham, Yardley)
Shadow Minister (Home Office)
Ministers of State
Lord Greenhalgh (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Home Office)
Damian Hinds (CON - East Hampshire)
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Home Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Kevin Foster (CON - Torbay)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Rachel Maclean (CON - Redditch)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
Scheduled Event
Monday 25th October 2021
Home Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 2)
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Wednesday 27th October 2021
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Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
27 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
The state of policing and the fire and rescue services
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Wednesday 27th October 2021
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 3)
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Monday 1st November 2021
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 4)
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Wednesday 3rd November 2021
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 5)
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Monday 8th November 2021
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Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 6)
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Wednesday 10th November 2021
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Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – committee stage (day 7)
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Scheduled Event
Monday 22nd November 2021
14:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
22 Nov 2021, 2:30 p.m.
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Debates
Thursday 21st October 2021
Select Committee Docs
Friday 22nd October 2021
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20 October 2021
Oral Evidence
Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 8th April 2021
Violence against women and girls

This inquiry will look at how violence against women and girls is being addressed.  The Committee will use information from …

Written Answers
Friday 22nd October 2021
Migrant Workers: Clothing
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to add the garment industry to …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 15th September 2021
Immigration and Nationality (Replacement of T2 Sportsperson Route and Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
These Regulations amend the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Licensed Sponsors Tiers 2 and 4) Order 2009 …
Bills
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Nationality and Borders Bill 2021-22
Make provision about nationality, asylum and immigration; to make provision about victims of slavery or human trafficking; to provide a …
Dept. Publications
Friday 22nd October 2021
17:39
Treaty
Wednesday 20th January 2021

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
Oct. 18
Oral Questions
Sep. 22
Westminster Hall
Sep. 07
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Home Office does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 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: 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: 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: 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.

Home Office - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations amend the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Licensed Sponsors Tiers 2 and 4) Order 2009 (“the 2009 Order”) and the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 (“the 2018 Regulations”).
These Regulations amend the Antique Firearms Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/215) (“the 2021 Regulations”). Section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27) (“the 1968 Act”) provides that antique firearms are exempt from certain 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. The 2021 Regulations make specifications as to those conditions which are set out in section 58(2B), (2C) and (2D) of the 1968 Act.
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy and the proposed part of this bill that gives the police new powers to tackle disruptive peaceful protests should be removed from The Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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.

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 Chair since 27th January 2020
Tim Loughton Portrait
Tim Loughton (Conservative - East Worthing and Shoreham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Adam Holloway Portrait
Adam Holloway (Conservative - Gravesham)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Simon Fell Portrait
Simon Fell (Conservative - Barrow and Furness)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Laura Farris Portrait
Laura Farris (Conservative - Newbury)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Ruth Edwards Portrait
Ruth Edwards (Conservative - Rushcliffe)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Dehenna Davison Portrait
Dehenna Davison (Conservative - Bishop Auckland)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Diana Johnson Portrait
Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Andrew Gwynne Portrait
Andrew Gwynne (Labour - Denton and Reddish)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Diane Abbott Portrait
Diane Abbott (Labour - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
Home Affairs Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Home Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
The state of policing and the fire and rescue services
27 Oct 2021, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Sir Tom Winsor - Chief Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking in response to the recent increase in reported violent hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people.

All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.

Whilst the biggest driver for the increase in recorded crime is general improvements in police recording, along with increased victim willingness to come forward, we cannot be complacent. That is why we have committed to publishing a new Hate Crime Strategy later this year.

The Government has commissioned a Law Commission review of the adequacy of current hate crime legislation. The review will report this year and we will respond to it when it is complete.

Government action to tackle broader discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people includes:

  • A commitment to holding an international conference on LGBT rights; the “Safe To Be Me” conference will be held in 2022.
  • The September 2020 announcement of a further £3.2 million of UK-funded projects to help Commonwealth governments and civil society groups reform outdated laws and end the legacy of discrimination and violence.
  • Bringing forward legislation to ban conversion therapy as soon as Parliamentary time allows and making new funds available to ensure that victims have better access to the support they need.

The Government will continue to work with the police, stakeholders including Galop and others to understand the concerns of LGBTQ+ communities and what more can be done to address those concerns.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that all police forces in England have a specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit.

The Government is committed to ensuring that victims and survivors of rape and other sexual offences have their cases investigated in a thorough and timely manner. Every victim should have their case treated seriously from the point of disclosure.

The structuring of individual police forces is an operational matter for Chief Constables.

In June 2021, we published our findings and action plan following an end-to-end review of how the criminal justice system handles rape cases. Among the actions we are taking forward is Operation Soteria, through which we are investing in a programme of work to drive improvements in the handling of rape cases by the police and CPS. Academics working with Policing and CPS partners across five pathfinder forces will make targeted recommendations across a range of themes.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what advice her Department has provided to hon. Members on how to support Afghan nationals who are eligible for the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is not yet open. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme, amid the complex and changing international context.

There will not be a formal application process for the ACRS. Instead, eligible people will be prioritised and referred to the UK. Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement

Honourable members should refer individuals who contact their offices to the relevant scheme information available on gov.uk rather than seek information or updates on their behalf.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to ensure that the effective enforcement of controls on the trade in illicit goods is maintained pending the full implementation of safety and security declarations on goods traded between the UK and EU.

The Government has robust anti-smuggling controls and dynamic intelligence capabilities which will continue to prevent, deter, and detect illegal movements of goods enable us to enforce criminal and civil sanctions against those responsible for those movements. When Safety and Security declarations become mandatory for EU imports, they will provide an extra tool in our security processes.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the effective enforcement of controls on the trade in illicit goods is maintained pending the full implementation of safety and security declarations on goods traded between the UK and EU.

The Government has robust anti-smuggling controls and dynamic intelligence capabilities which will continue to prevent, deter, and detect illegal movements of goods enable us to enforce criminal and civil sanctions against those responsible for those movements. When Safety and Security declarations become mandatory for EU imports, they will provide an extra tool in our security processes.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government has provided any additional (a) resources or (b) financial assistance to provide for security and potential immigration breaches to port and ferry operators at Cairnryan.

The Government has not provided any additional (a) resources or (b) financial assistance to provide for security and potential immigration breaches to port and ferry operators at Cairnryan.

The Home Office does not conduct immigration and nationality monitoring at the port of Cairnryan. Immigration Enforcement officers regularly conduct intelligence led operations at Cairnryan and Loch Ryan in order to identify those seeking to circumvent the UK’s immigration controls by travelling to the UK via Ireland, focusing on those who have no right to be in the UK and/or those who may do harm in the UK.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what immigration and nationality monitoring her Department undertakes at the port of Cairnryan; and which officials undertake that monitoring.

The Government has not provided any additional (a) resources or (b) financial assistance to provide for security and potential immigration breaches to port and ferry operators at Cairnryan.

The Home Office does not conduct immigration and nationality monitoring at the port of Cairnryan. Immigration Enforcement officers regularly conduct intelligence led operations at Cairnryan and Loch Ryan in order to identify those seeking to circumvent the UK’s immigration controls by travelling to the UK via Ireland, focusing on those who have no right to be in the UK and/or those who may do harm in the UK.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is engaging with the Ministry of Justice in preparation for the Law Commission's final report on the Hate Crime Review.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the administrative requirements on EU citizens with Settled Status to prove their status without physical documentation when accessing essential services.

We are enabling other government departments and public authorities to be able to automatically access immigration status information. Currently, this includes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS England and Wales.

The data made available is specific to the need of each department and contains only the necessary information to inform their decision making. By making data available in this way, we are reducing the number of occasions on which an individual has to prove their status in the UK. The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Privacy Notice provides information about how we share data with other government departments.

When applying for banking services, all individuals are required to provide proof of their identity as part of anti-money laundering, regulatory ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) checks.

We have produced guidance for financial providers to help them understand the documents we issue, including eVisas, and how they can be used as proof of identity for the purposes of KYC checks. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-documents-information-for-financial-providers

As detailed in this guidance, financial institutions can check someone’s identity, using the online ‘View and Prove’ service at:

https://www.gov.uk/check-immigration-status.

This enables checks to be conducted without physical documents changing hands or the checker having to assess the authenticity of the documents and whether the person presenting it is the rightful holder.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department is providing to (a) banks and (b) mortgage lenders on (i) EU Settled Status and (ii) accepting digital proof of that status.

We are enabling other government departments and public authorities to be able to automatically access immigration status information. Currently, this includes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and NHS England and Wales.

The data made available is specific to the need of each department and contains only the necessary information to inform their decision making. By making data available in this way, we are reducing the number of occasions on which an individual has to prove their status in the UK. The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Privacy Notice provides information about how we share data with other government departments.

When applying for banking services, all individuals are required to provide proof of their identity as part of anti-money laundering, regulatory ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) checks.

We have produced guidance for financial providers to help them understand the documents we issue, including eVisas, and how they can be used as proof of identity for the purposes of KYC checks. This can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/biometric-residence-documents-information-for-financial-providers

As detailed in this guidance, financial institutions can check someone’s identity, using the online ‘View and Prove’ service at:

https://www.gov.uk/check-immigration-status.

This enables checks to be conducted without physical documents changing hands or the checker having to assess the authenticity of the documents and whether the person presenting it is the rightful holder.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to introduce target timeframes for the determination of all applications to her Department.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to introduce a target timeframe for the determination of Potential Victim of Trafficking cases.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time is for parents of children who were stillborn to register the death of their baby in England; and if she will make a statement.

Delivery of registration services falls to local authorities who monitor demand and manage requests within their respective geographical areas.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of Potential Victim of Trafficking applications being handled by her Department that are yet to be resolved and were made over (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five years ago.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of allowing asylum seekers to apply for employment in sectors which are experiencing labour shortages.

Our New Plan for Immigration works in the interests of the whole of the UK, by attracting the skills we need, whilst supporting the domestic labour market. Recognising the extraordinary circumstances business are currently facing, the Government is providing visas as a time-limited, temporary measure for the food and fuel sector.

We allow asylum seekers to work if their claim has been outstanding for 12 months or more, through no fault of their own. Those permitted to work are restricted to jobs on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

But it is important to distinguish between those who need protection and those seeking to work here, who can apply for a skilled work visa under the Immigration Rules. Our wider policy would be undermined if people could bypass work visa Rules simply by lodging unfounded asylum claims here and working whilst they are dealt with. It would also act as an incentive for more to travel into the UK via unsafe and dangerous journeys, rather than claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to add the garment industry to the Shortage Occupation List.

The Skilled Worker route already contains several eligible occupations from this sector, such as weavers, upholsterers, tailors and dressmakers subject to salary and language requirements being met. An occupation at RQF3 or above does not need to be on the Shortage Occupation List to qualify for recruitment under the Skilled Worker Route.

In their last call for evidence the independent Migration Advisory Committee received evidence from several stakeholders from the garment industry, but they concluded this evidence did not warrant occupations from this sector being added onto the SOL. We will also not be creating more general routes allowing recruitment at or near the minimum wage into this sector via immigration as an alternative to investing in UK based staff and offering them rewarding packages of terms and conditions.

More generally those business facing recruitment issues should, in the first instance, engage with the Department for Work and Pensions about the support they can offer in seeking recruits and supporting training.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average length of time taken to assess Potential Victim of Trafficking cases received by her Department over the last 5 years.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Potential Victim of Trafficking cases have been received by her Department in each of the last 5 years.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to plan for the upcoming release of the Law Commission's final report on the Hate Crime Review.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has made an assessment of the number of reported incidents of hate crime that progress through the courts.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to help tackle the increase in hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people; and whether her Department plans to undertake further research into the increase in those hate crime reports.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of recall processes available for (a) Police and Crime Commissioners and (b) Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners.

There is currently no recall mechanism for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners (PFCCs).

In July this year we announced part two of the PCC review, which will assess the merits and demerits of a trigger mechanism for the recall of PCCs and PFCCs.

Part two of the Review is an internal piece of work that will report directly to the Home Secretary. Recommendations made will be published via a Written Ministerial Statement in due course.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the international joint statement on assurances on travel from Afghanistan, released on 29 August 2021, how many travel documents have been issued to designated Afghans by the UK since that date.

Home Office Migration Statistics do not capture the number of travel documents issued to Afghan nationals since 29 August. This would require a manual trawl of data and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have reported street flashing as part of the recorded crime statistics for exposure and voyeurism for each year since 2010.

The Home Office collects information on the number of Exposure and Voyeurism offences recorded by the police in England and Wales. However whether or not these offences involved street flashing is not separately identifiable.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) businesses in the hospitality sector to help tackle the spiking of drinks within nightclubs and hospitality venues.

The reports of the spiking of drinks with illegal substances, and of other attacks on individuals in night time venues, are of course concerning. This is an ongoing matter which the police are investigating. The Home Secretary has asked the police for an urgent update on the issues reported, including what steps they are taking to prevent the offences and apprehend the perpetrators. We would encourage anyone who is a victim or a witness of the offences to report the information to the police.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ask registrars to prioritise appointments for the parents of babies who were stillborn so that they can register both the birth and death of their baby at the same appointment, prior to organising a funeral.

Still-birth registration appointments are prioritised alongside death registrations. Provisions within the Coronavirus Act 2020 allow these events to be registered by telephone at present.

Only one registration appointment is required, with details solely recorded in the still-birth register.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on allocating specific funding to local authorities to (a) improve lighting and (b) implement other security measures to increase people's safety, in particular for women and girls; and if she will make statement.

The Safer Streets Fund enables Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities across England and Wales to support interventions such as improved CCTV and streetlighting in areas experiencing high rates of neighbourhood crimes, such as burglary and robbery. In total, £70 million has been invested and the third, £25 million, round, announced on 15 March following the tragic death of Sarah Everard, aims to increase the safety of public spaces for all, with a particular focus on helping to combat violence against women and girls.

All rounds of the Safer Streets Fund are being independently evaluated to ensure we develop the evidence base for crime prevention to inform future investment.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether private consultation with (a) industry and (b) other stakeholders has (i) taken place and (ii) is planned prior to publication of an updated policy and guidance on the regulation of animal testing for regulatory purposes for compliance with UK REACH; if she will make it her policy to publish all consultation undertaken on that matter; and if she will make a statement.

The Home Department has not needed to undertake consultation on policy and guidance on the regulation of animal testing for regulatory purposes for compliance with UK REACH.

Under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) one of the permissible purposes for which animals can be used in research is the development, manufacture or testing of the quality, effectiveness and safety of drugs, foodstuffs and feed-stuffs or any other substances or products. This includes requirements under UK chemicals legislation (REACH). This is often termed ‘regulatory testing’ as the work fulfils a regulatory requirement.

The requirements for regulatory testing are set by regulators other than the Home Office Regulator, whose remit is solely to ensure compliance with protections afforded to animals used in science under ASPA.

All UK regulations and regulators abide by the principles of the 3Rs (the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal use) and therefore only require animal testing where there are no alternatives and only to the degree needed to meet the scientific requirements of the regulations.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has provided to local authorities on effectively tackling (a) anti-social behaviour and (b) other low-level crimes.

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime. We know the serious impact that anti-social and criminal behaviour has on both individuals and communities.

We have provided the police, local authorities and other local agencies with a range of tools and powers that they can use to respond quickly and effectively to all forms of ASB through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. These powers are deliberately local in nature, and it is for local agencies to determine whether their use is appropriate in the specific circumstances.

In January of this year we updated the statutory guidance to support local agencies to make effective use of these powers and take the multi-agency approach that is needed to tackle and prevent anti-social behaviour, in a way that takes account of the needs of the victim and the community. The revised guidance can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/956143/ASB_Statutory_Guidance.pdf

The Beating Crime Plan published on 27 July laid out the Government’s plan for tackling crime and its commitment to working with local agencies and partners to drive down anti-social behaviour using the full range of powers and tools in the 2014 Act. It can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1015382/Crime-plan-v10.pdf

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will add social care workers to the shortage occupation list in response to workforce shortages across the care sector.

Several occupations within the social care sector are currently on the shortage occupation list including senior care workers.

The introduction of the Health and Care visa in August 2020 made it quicker and easier for regulated health and care professionals – including Senior Care Workers - and their dependants to secure their visa.

We have commissioned the MAC to look further at the issues surrounding the ending of free movement on the social care sector and we look forward to receiving their report next year.

Beyond the Points Based System, there is the existing resident labour market, which includes those who come to the UK through our Youth Mobility Schemes (which we are looking to expand), our new British National (Overseas) visa for those from Hong Kong, dependants of those arriving under the expanded skilled worker route, as well as over 6 million applications under the EU Settlement Scheme and those who arrive through family routes, who all have full access to the UK labour market.

Our Plan for Jobs is helping people across the country retrain, build new skills and get back into work. The Government encourages all sectors to make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers through offering training, careers options, and improve terms and conditions, including ensuring care workers are offered the rewarding packages they deserve and which are common in other sectors, rather than turning to immigration policy for an alternative to doing so.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to introduce safe and legal routes for refugees arriving to the UK.

As set out in the New Plan for Immigration, we will strengthen our safe and legal routes to the UK for refugees in need of protection.

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those most in need. Overall, since 2015, we have resettled more than 25,000 refugees through safe and legal routes direct from regions of conflict and instability - around half of whom were children.

On 18 August 2021, the Prime Minister announced the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will see up to 20,000 people at risk resettled to the UK, with 5,000 in the first year.

The UK will maintain its long-term commitment to continue to resettle refugees from around the globe as capacity allows, alongside a fair but firm asylum system.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 18 August 2021 regarding Mr Mohamed Elboraee.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 24 August 2021 regarding Adebukola Adewumi.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 17 August 2021 regarding Asad Aqeel.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 10 September 2021, regarding Dr Jahanbeen Jahangir.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 20 August 2021 regarding Mr Wasim Abbas.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence sent by the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton on 3 September 2021 regarding Shams Sherzad.

PQ 03518 – MPAM/0184552/21 – I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03600 – MPAM/0182609/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 18 October 2021.

PQ 03590 – MPAM/0179849/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03604 – MPAM/0171774/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 19 October 2021.

PQ 03603 – MPAM/0177314/21 - I apologise for the delay. UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team responded on 20 October 2021.

PQ 03591 – There was no trace of this correspondence being received. A copy of the correspondence was received on 18th October and was closed off on 19 October through your surgery call with the MP Engagement team.

UK Visas and Immigration, MP Account Management team is pursuing enquiries on the following case and aims to respond as below:

PQ 03503 – MPAM/0182754/21 Further enquiries are being made and a substantive response will be issued to the MP by Friday 29 October 2021. UKVI MP Engagement team will contact you if it is not possible to provide full responses within this timeframe.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department has sent to people who have passports with an expiry date over ten years after the issue date to inform them of changes to passport validity requirements.

A cross-government campaign has run since November 2018, and has been updated three times, the most recent iteration was on 8 September 2020, which was to inform citizens of changes as a result of the end of the transition period following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

This campaign promoted the new passport validity rules for travel to most countries in Europe, as well as promoting Her Majesty’s Passport Office’s online passport checker, where customers can enter their details to see if HM Passport Office recommend they renew their passport to meet these new rules. This checker can be found at the following website:

www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-travel-europe

HM Passport Office has been directing customers to the checker using SMS and email, subject to the customer’s details being held from the previous application. For over-16s, these messages are sent to customers whose passport was issued over nine and a half years previously.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department took to reduce the likelihood of fraud in marriage registration changes prior to the implementation of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act 2019; and what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) is taking to monitor that issue since the implementation of that Act.

Provisions within the Act ensure there are controls in place by the registrar to check the authenticity of a marriage schedule or marriage document before a marriage is registered.

If unusual activity is identified the registration service and the General Register Office will investigate.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the issuing of electronic marriage certificates under the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Act 2019.

While the implementation of the Act provides for marriages to be registered in a central electronic register, marriage certificates continue to be issued in paper format only.

These new provisions have successfully enabled the modernisation of marriage registration in England and Wales, which includes the recording of the details of both parents in the entry, rather than just the father.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with the Animals in Science Regulation Unit and other stakeholders on granting licences for the use of the forced swim test for screening of antidepressant drugs or as a model of human depression in response to the recommendations of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research, published 29 July 2021.

The Animals in Science Regulation Unit were involved in contributing to and reviewing the paper cited and it thus aligns to the regulatory approach taken by the Unit.

The Home Office through the Animals in Science Regulation Unit assures that, in every research proposal animals are replaced with non-animal alternatives wherever possible; the number of animals are reduced to the minimum necessary to achieve the result sought; and that, for those animals which must be used, procedures are refined as much as possible to minimise their suffering.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Afghan citizens resettlement scheme will open for applications; and when initial decisions on applications to that scheme will be made.

Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme, amid the complex and changing picture.

The Home Office will continue to work closely with other government departments, non-governmental organisations, charities, local authorities and other partners and relevant organisations in the development and implementation of the ACRS.

Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of hours the cutters used by Border Force run on their main engines per annum.

On average in 2020, each vessel ran for 1112 hours.

Each Border Force Cutter is available at short notice for deployment in UK territorial waters and is deployed for 15 days at a time in 12-hour shifts before the necessary crew changes are made.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking with her international counterparts to strengthen the UK's national resilience against (a) ransomware and (b) wider cyber crime.

The Home Office has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton of 24 September 2021 regarding Godwin Ojo.

The Home Office responded on 18 October 2021.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to publish its response to the Immigration Fees Public Consultation.

The Ministry of Defence and Home Office ran a joint public consultation from May to July 2021 on the issue of waiving settlement fees for certain non-UK members of the Armed Forces.

The Government is carefully considering responses and will publish its formal response to the consultation shortly.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to lift No Recourse to Public Funds conditions on unaccompanied children seeking asylum.

Children are unable to apply for public funds themselves; therefore, the no recourse to public funds policy is not relevant to the consideration of support provided for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual fuel consumption costs are of Border Force's cutters.

During financial year 2020-21, the annual fuel cost across the BF cutter fleet was £388,000.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of police vehicles in (a) the territorial police force of Greater Manchester and (b) police constabularies across the country.

The Home Office do not collect information on the number of police vehicles in a police force. Future requests should be directed to police forces.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)