- Home Secretary
Infobox minister office
border = parliamentary
minister = not_prime
office = Secretary of State for the Home Department
28 June 2007
governor = Prime Minister
first_minister = William Petty
27 March 1782The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Officeand is one of the Great Offices of State. The Home Secretary is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the whole of the United Kingdom( England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).
The remit of the UK ministry includes
policing, national security, immigration, and matters of citizenship.
The current Home Secretary is
The Home Secretary is currently responsible for:
Constitutional & Legal Affairs
The Home Secretary has no responsibility for the
Courts of England and Wales. Unlike many other governments issues usually dealt with by a Department of Justice, the British government has three separate departments: The Home Office (as specified above), the Attorney General's Office and the Ministry of Justice, headed by the Secretary of State for Justice, for legal, judicial and civil rights issues.
Development of other government departments
Home Officewas initially the primary government department with responsibility for domestic affairs, all subsequent domestic departments have effectively been created by taking responsibilities from the Home Office. Until 2001 this left a variety of miscellaneous tasks that sat apart from the law and order functions of the department, such as British Summer Time or wild birds in Scotland. [ Roy Jenkins"Churchill" ( Macmillan, 2001), page 170 ISBN 0-333-78290-9] However, on the appointment of David Blunkett as Home Secretary, these functions - and others such as responsibility for the Fire Brigade - have been reallocated to other departments to give the position a focus solely on law and order.
Home Secretaries since 1782
Related postings in other countries:
Attorney General for England and Wales
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Attorney General of Ireland
North and Central American positions
Minister of Justice (Canada)
Attorney General of Ontarioand Solicitor General of Ontario
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness- acts as Solicitor General of Canada
United States Attorney General
United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Attorney General (Mexico)
Attorney-General of Australia
Attorney-General (New Zealand)
Departments of the United Kingdom Government
* Ministry of Justice
List of British ministries
Great Offices of State
Shadow Home Secretary
* [http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk Home Office website]
* [http://www.knowledgenetwork.gov.uk/elmr/minister.nsf Electronic list of ministerial responsibilities]
* [http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page1371.asp Her Majesty's Government] (Cabinet Ministers)
* [http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page2988.asp Full list of Her Majesty's Government] (which includes various junior Ministers too).
* [http://www.justice.gov.uk Ministry of Justice]
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