“we are not tied to any dates”

With a delegation from the NI Assembly and Executive Review Committee due to visit other legislatures, London, Edinburgh and Dublin, in the Belfast Telegraph, Committee Chairman, the DUP’s Jimmy Spratt, adds a reminder of the process the parties have agreed to lead to the transfer of policing and justice powers – “I have repeatedly said this is a process we are involved in. There are certainly no dates, we are not tied to any dates. “A lot of things have still be sorted out and of course there is also a parallel process going on involving the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and the Treasury. “All of this will feed into our final report but it will probably not be ready until early in the next term.” Meanwhile, during the conversation noted previously, the Alliance Party’s David Ford urged the DUP to “bite the bullet”. With certain caveats.