You will have seen reported the proposals to split the Home Office and create a Ministry of Justice, and you may have seen the Lord Chancellor discussing them on the BBC's Sunday AM programme. I have myself discussed this proposal with the Lord Chancellor and with the Home Secretary.
They have explained that there is important work to be done on the detail before any final decision is taken, and there will be need for further discussion with the Cabinet Office and other parts of Government.
The proposal has important implications for the administration of justice and I shall make sure that the impact on, and the views of, the judiciary receive proper consideration, and, to this end, discuss the proposal with representatives of all levels of the judiciary when further details are available.
Does anyone else detect that this may have been dictated through clenched teeth?