228 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1954, The Home Office presents a comprehensive overview of the structure and functions of the Home Office of the Government of the United Kingdom.  Sir Frank Newsam describes the principles which underlie the part played by the Home Office in the preservation of order and the maintenance of civil liberty. The book provides an account of the balanced relationships which exist between the Home Office and the local authorities in administering the various services.

    It discusses themes like the Home Secretary and his functions; the business of the Home Office; public well-being and public safety; the royal prerogative of mercy; nationality and naturalization; administration of justice; and the international work of the Home Office. This is a must read for students of British politics and public administration.

    Preface Part I: The Home Secretary and His Functions 1. The Business of the Home Office 2. The Office of the Home Secretary Part II: The Queen's Peace 3. Maintaining the Queen’s Peace 4. Police Administration 5. The Fire Service 6. Civil Defence 7. The Children's Department 8. Public Well-Being and Public Safety 9. The Control of Aliens 10. Nationality and Naturalization Part III: The Royal Prerogative of Mercy and the Treatment of Offenders 11. The Royal Prerogative of Mercy 12. The Administration of Justice 13. The Probation Service 14. The Prison Commission Part IV: Other Functions of the Home Secretary 15. Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man 16. The International Work of the Home Office 17. The Home Secretary as Residuary Legatee 18. Staffing, Finance and Common Services Secretaries of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretaries, and Permanent Under Secretaries of the Home Department from 1782 Number of Home Office Staff Organization Chart Index


    Sir Frank Newsam

    “The present volume, written by Sir Frank Newsam, permanent under-secretary of state for the Home Department, is of a quality to give promise of high value for the entire series. It not only describes the extensive functions allocated to this department, and the organizational means used to effect them, but discusses their consequences within the framework of the whole governmental process. The result is no dull cataloguing of offices and legal authorizations, but a lively and readable treatment of an administrative organ in action, its problems, achievements, and difficulties.”

    -Political Research Quarterly, No. 8-2, June 1955