“Let’s see what happens..”

As Brian said, the reported meeting in Downing St is one to watch during the day. Whether or not, as Noel McAdam’s anonymous sources claim, it’s a “crisis” or, as his Downing St source says, it’s “routine, stock-taking”, there’s certainly confusion about the meeting. Below the fold Martina Purdy looks ahead at the big question for the autumn, what do we do about the transfer of policing and justice powers? And what will we do about the bill? Here’s what Martina Purdy knew, or didn’t know, about the meeting on Stormont Today last night. Update Apparently the NI First Minister will have a separate meeting in Downing St tomorrow. And From the latest report – “Difficulties surrounding the devolution of policing and justice powers may be resolved in the next few weeks, Martin McGuinness has said.” And, then again, they may not..

Martina Purdy looks ahead at the big question for the autumn.

Adds From Hansard 29/06/09

Mr Doherty: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. In view of the development work, particularly on the exemplar design of the five, and possibly six, schools in Lisanelly, will the Minister, when he next meets the British Prime Minister again raise this issue and press him on not only gifting the site but when it will be gifted?

The deputy First Minister: The First Minister and I are to meet Gordon Brown tomorrow afternoon, and that will certainly be one of the items that we will raise with him.


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