“That has been resisted thus far by Shaun Woodward..”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport mentions it in his return to blogging, and there’s a very short BBC report, but here’s part of what Mark had to say at the start of Stormont Live about today’s Assembly and Executive Review Committee meeting to discuss policing and justice powers.

“There has also been, apparently, a move from the committee to bring forward a motion to ask the Assembly to make a formal request to the Secretary of State for what are known as memoranda of understanding and protocols relating to national security. This is so the committee can get an idea of how things will break down inbetween, say, MI5 and the national security matters it will look after and a local Justice Department, and also, for instance, what will a Justice Minister be informed of on the security side. That has been resisted thus far by Shaun Woodward who has given some of this information to the First and deputy First Ministers but has been wary of making it available to this committee.”