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)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

26 Oct 2020, 12:30 p.m.
New rules start 1 Jan 2021. Keep your business moving. Act now 👉 https://t.co/60Q42drzkA https://t.co/qGCKTueA6Q - Link
25 Oct 2020, 8:24 p.m.
Police investigations will now continue. Initial reports confirm crew safe and well. (3/3) - 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
Sep. 28 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 22 Urgent Questions Intelligence and Security Committee: Russia Report
Oct. 19 Westminster Hall Immigration
Oct. 07 Adjournment Debate Policing in South-West London
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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 Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 14 October, 2020 15 Oct 2020, 10:05 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 Ping Pong (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 October, 2020 Ping Pong

4 Nov 2020

22 Oct 2020, 2:11 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.
Fire Safety Bill 2019-21 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 1 October, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

29 Oct 2020

26 Oct 2020, 6:36 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.
Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 19 October, 2020 22 Oct 2020, 6:23 p.m.
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.
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.

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
22 Oct 2020
In Force
1 Dec 2020
Home Office British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003 (“the 2003 Regulations”), which detail the procedures and requirements relating to applications in connection with British nationality made under the British Nationality Act 1981 (“the 1981 Act”). In particular, regulation 5A sets out the circumstances in which an applicant for naturalisation as a British citizen under section 6 of the 1981 Act is to be taken to have sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the application.
22 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Home Office Immigration and Nationality (Replacement of Tier 2 and Fees) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Part V Exemption: Licensed Sponsors Tiers 2 and 4) Order 2009 (“the 2009 Order”), the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 (“the 2018 Regulations”) and the Immigration and Nationality (Replacement of Tier 4 and Fees) and Passport (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
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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, 5 months ago

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

c. 793 added daily

Take action to stop illegal immigration and rapidly remove illegal immigrants

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 8 Oct 2020 Debated on - 19 Oct 2020
8 Jan 2021
closes in 2 months, 1 week

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 2 weeks, 5 days 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
22 Oct 2020, 4:44 p.m. Allan Dorans (Scottish National Party - Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Allan Dorans (Scottish National Party - Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to extend the visas of foreign nationals stranded in the UK due to travel restrictions during the covid-19 pandemic.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Home Office has put in place measures for visa customers both in the UK and overseas to help during the Covid-19 outbreak and will continue to monitor the situation. The latest information and guidance for customers is available on GOV.UK:


It confirms if you intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and you have a visa or leave which expires between 1 September and 31 October 2020, you may request additional time to stay, also known as ‘exceptional assurance’, by contacting the coronavirus immigration team (CIT).

The UK Government is committed to supporting the most vulnerable and is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation worldwide. Policy decisions will be taken as needed based on how the situation develops.

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