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Home Office
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2 Marsham Street, the headquarters of the Home Office
Department overview
Formed 27 March 1782; 240 years ago (1782-03-27)
Jurisdiction United Kingdom (but in respect of most policing and justice matters: England and Wales only)
Headquarters 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Annual budget £10.8 billion (current) and £500 million (capital) in 2018–19
Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary
Home Office Immigration Enforcement vehicle north Finchley
A Home Office Immigration Enforcement vehicle in north London.

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.

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.

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