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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 March 2007, 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
Wales@Westminster newslog
The Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life

Thursday, 29 March
All shook up

A slight diversion away from the thrills of the Welsh assembly election campaign arrives in the form of the promised Home Office shake-up.

This old government department is being split into two, leading to the creation of a Ministry of Justice.

This ministry will take over the responsibilities of the department for constitutional affairs, which has been the parent department of the Wales Office since 2003.

So the Whitehall department that represents Welsh interests becomes part of the Ministry of Justice.

Well, that's the theory. There's growing speculation that a wider shake-up will happen when Tony Blair steps down as prime minister.

The probable restoration of devolution to Northern Ireland has fuelled renewed suggestions that the territorial departments - Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland - may be merged into Whitehall's department for communities and local government.

It sounds like the DCLG, as it's known to its friends, will end up with more departments than Grace Brothers.

Apologies if all this makes your eyes glaze over. I promise to return to the excitement of proportional representation and local government before I grow old.

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