Northern Ireland has 108 Assembly members and 11 devolved departments for a population of 1.7 million. This compares to the Scottish Parliament’s 129 MSPs and six departments for a population of 5.1 million. The Welsh Assembly has 60 elected members and seven ministries for a population of 2.95 million.
As Lord Rooker once told the Belfast Telegraph’s David Gordon, “Let’s face it, the structure of the 11 departments is absolutely barmy. It’s illogical.”