2008 could bring major changes for the territorial
departments representing the devolved nations in Whitehall, as a result
of the outworking of the St Andrew’s Agreement in Northern Ireland.
Under the deal agreed in October 2006, policing and justice powers
are due to be devolved to the Stormont Executive by May this year.
Incidentally, I will be in Ireland for the next week or so, so the Christmas hiatus here will probably be extended for a while.