Home Office

United Kingdom government ministerial department

The Home Office (HO) is a ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for immigration, security and law and order in the U.K.

Home Office
Marsham Street.jpg
2 Marsham Street, the headquarters of the Home Office
Department overview
Formed27 March 1782; 239 years ago (1782-03-27)
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom (but in respect of most policing and justice matters: England and Wales only)
Headquarters2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Annual budget£10.8 billion (current) and £500 million (capital) in 2018–19[1]
Minister responsible
Department executive
Websitewww.gov.uk/home-office
A Home Office Immigration Enforcement vehicle in north London.

It is responsible for policing in England and Wales, fire and rescue services in England, visas and immigration and the Security Service (MI5).

It is also in charge of government policy on security-related issues such as drugs, counter-terrorism and ID cards. The Cabinet minister responsible for the department is the Home Secretary, currently Priti Patel.

The Home Office, which is considered to be one of the Great Offices of State, is known, in official papers and in Parliament, as the Home Department.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Budget 2018 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2018. pp. 23–24. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (9 June 2008). "Hansard – Oral Questions to the Home Department – 9 June 2008". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 19 June 2010.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)