Agencies and public bodies

The Home Office includes agencies, non-departmental public bodies and inspectorates.

Our agencies

Three agencies provide directly managed frontline services from within the Home Office:

The UK Border Agency

The UK Border Agency strengthens our borders, makes fast-track asylum decisions, ensures and enforces compliance with our immigration laws, boosts Britain's economy by bringing the right skills here from around the world and ensures Britain is easy to visit legally. Find out more on the UK Border Agency website (new window)

The Identity and Passport Service

The Identity and Passport Service issues passports to British nationals living in the UK. View our Identity and Passport Service pages

The Criminal Records Bureau

The Criminal records bureau helps organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors verify whether job applicants are suitable to work with children or other vulnerable people by checking their criminal backgrounds. Visit the Criminal Records Bureau website

The Home Office is also responsible for:

  • the Police Service in England and Wales
  • a number of independent services and public bodies

Public bodies

Public bodies carry out functions on behalf of the government but are operationally independent of the department that sponsors them. This allows them to focus on their own objectives and make unbiased recommendations and decisions. See the full list of Home Office of non-departmental public bodies.