Not many are likely to have noticed, but Jim Wallace’s responsibilities as Advocate General for Scotland in the UK Government have expanded; he speaks in the Lords for the Law Officers, the Scotland Office and the Wales/Welsh Office. This makes him the closest thing to a ‘devolution supremo’ in the new government, as Ken Clarke (to whom that role might also fall, as Justice Secretary) appears to have ducked it. Wallace also seems to be playing a wider role in the implementation of the Calman recommendations (having, of course, served as a member of the Calman Commission).
This role could be very important. The new government is already starting to run into problems as a result of pursuing different policies for different parts of the UK (so it’s committed to an eventual Barnett review for Wales, while seeking to avoid one for Scotland, for example). Bringing together these different threads of policy will be vital if the new government is to make a success of its position.