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Home Office Responsibilities to Change, 29/3/07 [W/E/NI/S]

Major changes to the responsibilities of the Home Office were announced by the Prime Minister in a written Ministerial Statement on 29 March 2007. The Home Office is to be divided and a new Ministry of Justice will be established under the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

Ministry of Justice
The National Offender Management Service, including the Prison and Probation Services, will move from the Home Office to the new Ministry of Justice.  The Ministry will also have lead responsibility for criminal law and sentencing policy.  These changes will take effect from 9 May 2007.

Home Office
The role of the Home Office in countering terrorism is to be strengthened with an Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism established within it.

The Prime Ministers statement can be downloaded from the  Home Office website.